DL News Staff
The Small Blessings Childcare Center Board of the Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church has announced the hiring of Daniela Zens as its new director. Zens, a Detroit Lakes resident, has been working at Rossman Elementary as a special education teacher's aid. She comes to the church with a depth of educational and work experience, in addition to enthusiasm and good spirit. Following her four-year degree majoring in elementary education at St. Cloud State University, she was a teacher of toddlers and preschool children at two major daycare centers.
Century 21 the Property Shop has announced that Ron Peterson has joined its staff. Ron brings with him 27-years of experience in the real estate profession. He has been a multi-million dollar producer many times and is experienced in all aspects of listing and selling properties. For more information, stop and see Ron at the local Century 21 Property Shop office located at 916 Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes, next to Ben Franklin, or give him a call at 847-9288 or toll free at 888-847-9288.
Edina Realty recently announced that Kristina Carlson has joined its Detroit Lakes office. Carlson has lived in the Detroit Lakes area for five years. She currently resides in Detroit Lakes with her husband, Lee, and their son Mark. Her real estate areas of expertise include new construction and lakeshore properties. "Kristina makes a great addition to our sales team," said Edina Realty Detroit Lakes' office manager Dave Branson.
The fate of tax relief, more school funding and other state spending options rests in the hands of six Minnesota Supreme Court justices. They asked an attorney representing major cigarette makers tough questions Tuesday as he tried to convince them to overthrow a 75-cent-a-pack fee.
Minnesota legislators say the state needs to repair its crumbling highways and improve its transit systems, but they don't appear willing to agree this year on a way to pay for those improvements. House and Senate committees on Tuesday each approved their own transportation bills, exposing a deep philosophical divide over how road and transit projects should be funded. The Republican-led House is considering borrowing $2.5 billion for highway projects, while leaders of the DFL-controlled Senate didn't propose a major funding plan. The difference comes a year after most of the Legislature's
Efforts by some rural lawmakers to ensure highway construction gets a bulk of new Minnesota transportation funding failed Tuesday, although there will be more opportunities as bills make their way through the full House and Senate. Neither the House nor the Senate transportation committee Tuesday went along with proposals to rewrite a constitutional amendment legislators approved a year ago. However, both committees tried to simplify what voters will see on the ballot Nov.
The City of Ottertail is another step closer to hosting a sheriffs department substation. At their March 28 meeting, Otter Tail County Commissioners authorized the purchase of nearly 10 acres of land at a price of about $50,000. The agricultural land is southeast of the intersection of Highway 108 and County Road 55. Otter Tail County officials have long been exploring the substation as a means to relieve crowding at the Fergus Falls facility while improving services to the eastern portion of the county.
House Republicans want to mail tax rebate checks to more than 1 million Minnesotans, a plan Democrats call an election-year gimmick. Homeowners would receive checks worth 10 percent of their property tax bills, making the average check $205. They would arrive by Oct.
Tesoro Corporation has expanded its popular Gallons for Grades program to Idaho, Minnesota, North Dakota and Utah to reward even more students who excel academically. Gallons for Grades provides an incentive for high school and college students to achieve good grades by giving them Tesoro fuel cards for free gasoline at participating Tesoro stations. Qualified high school and college students are awarded $2 for each A and $1 for each B on their report cards.
Local retailer Floor to Ceiling Carpet One will introduce a new collection of specially designed pink ribbon welcome mats in April to continue their support for the fight against breast cancer. This spring marks Carpet One's fourth "Carpet One Welcomes Your Support" campaign, raising funds for the American Cancer Society's breast cancer programs through sales of their welcome mats. Carpet One stores throughout the United States and Canada, including Floor to Ceiling Carpet One, are participating in this extraordinary campaign.