DL News Staff
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.
On Wednesday morning, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe reported the unofficial results of Tuesday's primary election. In the Leech Lake Reservation vote for secretary-treasurer, incumbent Arthur "Archie" LaRose received 872 votes, 45.99 percent, and Burton "Luke" Wilson received 483 votes, 24.41 percent. The other six candidates divided the remainder of the 1,111 votes cast. For District I committeeman, Robbie M. Howe received 130 votes, 23.42 percent, and James Howard received 99 votes, 17.83 percent.
Minnesota would receive $100 million annually in new taxes if the state allows the Vikings to build a stadium and retail complex, senators heard Wednesday. Team owner Zygi Wilf said the complex would draw a million visitors a year. "The NFL (National Football League) has become a year-around tourist destination," Wilf told the Senate State and Local Government Operations Committee. The panel approved the stadium proposal on a voice vote Wednesday.
Like their philosophical division, fans and foes of a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage found themselves physically split on Tuesday. With more observers than open seats in the Capitol's largest hearing room, backers and opponents of an effort to let voters weigh in on the definition of marriage were directed to separate overflow rooms to listen as a Senate panel considered - and later voted down - a proposal to protect the traditional definition of marriage in Minnesota. After the nearly three-hour debate the two groups remained at odds over the contentious social issue, but they
Sept. 3, 1930-April 5, 2006 Verna M. Busche, 75, of Dilworth, Minn., died Wednesday, April 5, 2006, at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. Verna May Eggert, the daughter of Pete J. and Emma Eggert, was born on Sept. 3, 1930, in Fargo. She grew up in the Page, N.D., area. Vema married Gerhardt H. Busche on July 19, 1948 in Detroit Lakes. They lived in Dumont, Minn., until 1955, then moved to Fargo, where they lived for 11 years. Verna worked at the Moorhead Holiday Inn until 1966, when she and Gerhardt bought a farm near Detroit Lakes.
March 11, 1913-April 5, 2006 Dominick Capilongo, 93, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at his home. Dominick Capilongo was born to Natale and Marianna (Iesu) Capilongo on March 11, 1913 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He grew up and attended school at P.S. 17 in Brooklyn. He traveled to Italy in 1929 with the Sons of Italy, and graduated from Boys' High School in Brooklyn in 1931. Dominick attended Ohio University, graduating in 1935. While at Ohio University, he was president of his fraternity, Alpha Phi Delta.
Aug. 4, 1920-April 4, 2006 Harold S. "Bud" Fisher, 85, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at Merit Care Hospital in Fargo. Bud Fisher was born to Henry and Mable (Twaddle) Fisher on Aug. 4, 1920 in Derrick, N.D. As a young boy, he moved to Frazee, where he attended school. He then served in the U.S. Marines during World War II. He served at Iwo Jima and Guam. Following his discharge in 1945, he moved back to Frazee.
Jan. 3, 1943-April 3, 2006 Former White Earth resident James E. Big Bear, 63, of McIntosh, Minn., died Monday, April 3, 2006 at the Mahnomen Health Center in Mahnomen. James Emmanuel Big Bear was born to Charles and Catherine (Rock) Big Bear on Jan. 3, 1943 in White Earth. He was a lifetime resident of the White Earth-Ponsford area. During his working life, he was a welder, mostly working for railroads.
The Constitution Party of Minnesota, along with the Green Party and Libertarian Party, are supporting a state initiative allowing local control of elections for municipalities. Specifically, State Senate File 642 would allow Minnesota cities to adopt alternative voting methods, such as Instant Runoff Voting, or Approval Voting. The bill has passed a Senate committee, but supporters fear it will fail in the Minnesota House of Representatives.