DL News Staff
Precinct caucuses are being held this week in Minnesota. Despite stern admonitions to attend from the schoolmarms who run newspaper editorial pages, citizens will stay home in droves. Political participation at the precinct level continues to sink. When I first attended a precinct caucus 16 years ago as a new college graduate determined to change the world, we had about 10 people gather. At that time, the Bear Park Township caucus was held at the Bear Park General Store.
The front-page article by Vicki Gerdes in the Feb. 22 issue of the Becker County Record did indeed raise a very important question that needs to be addressed by us citizens -- locally, regionally, nationwide.
As the chairman of the Detroit Lakes Public Schools Board of Education, I am writing in response to the Ted Fiskevold column in your March 1 edition. As the board chair, I have informed the other board members that I am writing this letter, but I am speaking for myself. I normally wouldn't respond to such a column, because it is poorly written and shows a lack of effort on the columnist's part to get at the facts.
Once again, the Frazee-Vergas School District is looking at cuts for 2006-07, even more so than neighboring communities. A couple positions will be cut and several retiring teachers will not be replaced. Several sports and programs will also be eliminated. "We're trying for the least negative impact on students," Superintendent Deron Stender said. With a deficit for 2006-07 estimated to be $432,798, Frazee is staring at some tough cuts in staff and programs.
Tuesday night, Detroit Lakes police were forced to taser and arrest a man for burglary and assault. At 10:53 p.m., police received a call that a man was assaulting a woman at the D.L. Lodge. Blaine Arthur, unknown address, allegedly kicked in a door at the hotel, dragged the woman into the parking lot and assaulted her. Several witnesses gave statements about the assault. Arthur allegedly took the woman against her will and they ran off. Detroit Lakes Police Capt.
By MIKE MCFEELY Fargo Forum Three games, three similar scripts, three like outcomes. And so the Fergus Falls girls' basketball team will play for a berth in the state tournament. The Otters jumped to a big first-half lead and held off a late Detroit Lakes rally to win a 54-48 decision in the Minnesota Class 3A, Section 8 semifinals Saturday at Alex Nemzek Hall. It was a pattern well known to the Otter and Laker fans who filled the Minnesota State University Moorhead gym. Fergus Falls won the two previous meetings this season in comparable fashion.
The Frazee Lady Hornets' season came to a close Thursday night in the opening round of the playoffs, at the hands of the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels. The final score was 72-35. The Rebels controlled the game from the opening tip, as they jumped out to an 18-0 lead before the Lady Hornets scored. "We thought if they came out tight or cold from the perimeter, maybe we could stay close," said Frazee head coach Tim Swenson. "But instead, they came out loose and hit everything they threw up." DGF continued to apply the pressure and led at the half, 37-11.
Country Fest Minnesota '06 is expected to draw thousands of country music fans from across northern Minnesota and beyond to the green, rolling grounds of a golf course near Bemidji this summer. The spotlight will shine on several big names in country music during the new festival, which will be held June 22-24 10 miles north of Bemidji at the former Castle Highlands Golf Course in Turtle River, a few miles north of Bemidji. Country Fest Minnesota '06 is being presented by Bemidji Entertainment, which is owned by Frank Chrz and his son Justin.
Glendalough State Park, located in Battle Lake, will host a candlelight ski event on Saturday, March 11. The public can ski approximately one and a half miles of lighted trail at 6:30-9:30 p.m. Hot cider by the fire will be offered in the trail center.