DL News Staff
ST. PAUL -- David Lais had a bright orange hat on his head and the future of Minnesota's natural resources on his mind. Lais, an outdoorsman from New London, joined other conservation advocates on the Capitol grounds Saturday to rally for a constitutional amendment dedicating tax dollars to the outdoors.
The Republicans broke their own decade-old pledge to the American people, so they must be replaced, says political satirist Al Franken. Not only that, President Bush squandered the worldwide unity of the day after 9/11, all of it for political gain, he said. Franken, the keynote speaker Saturday night to the 7th Congressional District DFL Convention's banquet at the Northern Inn, warmed up the partisan crowd first with humor, but then switched to a scathing attack on Republicans. Why is our political dialogue so divisive?
An Atlanta man is in the Becker County Jail in Detroit Lakes after a burglary arrest Friday morning. Scott Paul Roy, 36, was arrested after Becker County sheriff's deputies and White Earth police responded at 5:35 a.m. to a burglary report at M & W Foods convenience store in White Earth, the Becker County Sheriff's Department said. The owner of the store, who lives in the same building, told police he was awakened and confronted a man who had forced entry into the business. The man fled but was found in some nearby woods. He was arrested without incident.
Site work for construction of a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Park Rapids started Thursday. Dave Neisen, city building inspector, said Wednesday he has completed the plan review and they've submitted a check for a building permit. The permit puts the valuation of the building at $8.9 million. According to records at the courthouse, Wal-Mart paid Bill and Lorna Jones $1.2 million for 28 acres east of Henrietta Avenue and paid another $300,000 to Larry and Karen Avenson and Patricia Lang for .68 acre on Highway 34. Weis Builders of Minneapolis is the general contractor and Sanquist Construction of
The Minnesota House of Representatives Capital Investment Package, approved April 12, includes state bonding dollars for restoration projects along the Otter Tail River and to improve the resource recovery facility in Perham. "I'm happy to see this project (river restoration) made it," said State Rep. Dean Simpson, who authored legislation in support of both projects.
ST. PAUL -- State lawmakers predict they are near agreement on new protections for property owners against the government's ability to take their land. Governments will have to meet a higher threshold when trying to seize private property under eminent domain legislation being hammered out by a House-Senate conference committee. The 10-member panel met for the first time Friday to compare the two bills approved earlier this legislative session by an overwhelming majority of lawmakers.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Twins celebrated the 45th anniversary of their first Twin Cities game Friday by winning committee approval for a new ballpark. At least two more House committees must look at the bill before it reaches the full House, but many predict it will pass there more convincingly than the 15-13 vote in the House Taxes Committee. That committee was expected to give the bill its toughest test. "It's the best (Twins) bill the Legislature has had," said Rep.
Three of convicted rapist Alfonso Rodriguez Jr.'s prior offenses could have a major impact on whether he faces the death penalty for the kidnapping and murder of Dru Sjodin. Arguments during a pretrial hearing Friday in Fargo's U.S. District Court focused on those convictions, how the defense plans to rebut them and what jurors will hear about them. The trial for Rodriguez, 53, of Crookston, Minn., begins July 6. If jurors find him guilty, they must sentence him to life in prison or death. Sjodin, 22, disappeared from a Grand Forks, N.D., mall parking lot on Nov. 22, 2003.
Authorities offered a $10,000 reward on Thursday for information that leads to the capture of Michael Dale Benson, a convicted sex offender who escaped from a secure hospital in St. Peter on Saturday. "We are confident that Michael Benson has left the St. Peter area and may have fled the state, but we also believe that someone in the area may know something about his whereabouts," said St. Peter Police Chief Matt Peters in a prepared statement. Benson, 42, remained at large Thursday.
July 20, 1920-April 19, 2006 Former Audubon resident Margaret Halverson Penhiter, 85, of Lake George, Minn., died Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at her residence. Margaret Agnes Leitheiser was born to Joseph G. and Cora (Goebel) Leitheiser on July 20, 1920 in Detroit Lakes. She grew up in the Detroit Lakes area. On Feb. 2, 1940, she married Earl J. Halverson in Detroit Lakes. They lived on a farm near Audubon. In 1951, they moved to Detroit Lakes. They moved to Lake George, Minn., in 1972. Earl died in 1978.