DL News Staff
The "GrappleRoo" spaghetti feed benefiting the Detroit Lakes youth wrestling program, will be Monday from 5-7 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes High School commons area. There will be drawings for fun prizes and there will also be Optimist Awards handed out to all qualifying Mat Rat wrestlers. The cost will be $5 per person and there will be a $20 family cap.
It might not have the support of most of Minnesota's youth, but lawmakers are debating whether the school year should be extended by up to five weeks. Willmar school Superintendent Kathy Leedom said a longer school year would improve the state's education system. "With extended time, we can take the next step in increasing our learning across the board," Leedom told the Senate Education Committee. In order to compete globally in the 21st century, local students need to spend more time in class to learn new skills, said Sen.
A man's car sank Friday after he drove past barricades prohibiting traffic on a flooded road. Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said deputies cited Matthew Benson, 19, of Arvilla, N.D., for going around the barricades. Benson told authorities he was traveling to Grand Forks, N.D., when he drove north on County Road 1 and into the floodwaters near County Road 26. Benson swam to safety, but authorities couldn't find his 2000 Hyundai Tiburon, Bergquist said. "We can't see it anywhere, so it's that deep," Bergquist said. Clay County deputies ticketed at least four drivers, including Benson,
The fire season took off this week with the Park Rapids Area Forestry Office reporting four fires Thursday that burned about 25 acres. The largest fire was in Straight River Township on Fritz Craig's property along the Straight River, where about 20 acres burned in addition to an open shop building, a number of cars and a tire pile. To date, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), five fires have burned about 128 acres. An additional 18 Minnesota counties, including Hubbard, will no longer be issuing burning permits as of 8 a.m.
The Minnesota Legislature cannot change a proposed constitutional amendment that many rural leaders fear will eat into their road construction funds, an assistant attorney general has ruled. The opinion came this week, after a House attorney says the wording can be changed. The conflicting opinions make an already controversial issue more so. The proposed amendment, which will be on the Nov.
Private property owners could have more protections if a government tries to take their land as lawmakers move to reform the state's eminent domain laws. After three hours of debate, the Minnesota House on Thursday voted 115-17 to place new limits on governments' ability to take private land from one owner so it can be used for a private economic development project. Bill sponsor Rep. Jeff Johnson said more restrictions are needed to make sure private property owners are fairly compensated if their land is taken for a public use, such as a new road or school building.
One central Minnesota baby has made a grand entrance, being born during a minute of chronological coincidence. Anthony Patrick Mertens showed up at 1:23 p.m. on 4-5-06 and weighed 7 pounds. His parents are Linda Kolodjeski and Anthony Mertens, of St. Cloud. The baby was due April 26, but doctors at St. Cloud Hospital began inducing his mother at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. What the birth time and date means, Mertens' parents don't know. "Hopefully something good," Kolodjeski said. Mertens has two older sisters, Courtney, 6, and Zoe, 15 months. His dad said he's happy to have a boy in the family.
A Dodge County sting operation set up to capture Internet sexual predators has a Richville man needing to get out of Dodge. A three-count complaint was filed against Larry Burian McClendon, Jr. on March 20. Court records indicate the thirty-six year-old man resides on West First Street in Richville. McClendon is charged with three felonies related to a March 17 incident. According to the criminal complaint, Kasson City Police Department officers entered an Internet chat room as a 14-year old girl and were contacted by an individual named Larry.
This spring's flood is so big and came up so fast it's left a lot of people asking, "What happened?" For starters, think back to last summer and fall, when precipitation was 10 inches above what an average season might see, said Lynn Kennedy, a hydro/meteorological technician with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D. Then in November, a storm mixing rain and ice plopped down even more moisture, which was followed by a winter snow pack containing the equivalent of 3 to 5 inches of rain. That's a relatively large amount, considering that in many years snow cover contains 1 to 3 i
The Menahga School Board has selected a new superintendent for the district. Jerry Nesland, interim superintendent of Mahnomen Public Schools, was chosen from three finalists Monday for the position. The other two finalists were Walter Bromenschenkel of Nevis and Jerry Bartholomay of Fargo. Nesland has been the interim superintendent at Mahnomen, a district of approximately 740 students, since July 2005.