DL News Staff
In their infinite wisdom, our Founding Fathers devised a legislative branch that treats each state equally yet also weights each state's voice based on population. These are the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States Congress. Through the years, the house proceeded to grow in number as the country's population continued to expand until 1910. In that year, following the Thirteenth Decennial Census, the permanent number of representatives in the house was set at 435 seats.
Last week the Motion Picture Academy awarded Oscars for the 78th consecutive time and this week this column awards DIDOs for the second consecutive time. To win an Oscar you have to be terrific just once. For example, Philip Seymour Hoffman, known to the inside crowd as a marvelous actor who's never had a leading role, and totally unknown to those of us on the outside, received an Oscar as the best actor for his role in "Capote." One performance and he gets an Oscar.
Ten free Colorado blue spruce trees will be given to each person from Minnesota who joins the National Arbor Day Foundation during February. Members also receive a subscription to the Foundation's colorful bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book with information about tree planting and care. To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Colorado Blue Spruce Trees, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Feb. 28. Or join online at www.arborday.org .
Douglas County Coordinator Bill Schalow's proposal for his office to review all news stories about the county board before they are printed is history. Schalow contacted Echo Press Editor Al Edenloff Wednesday and said the newspaper could resume its county coverage as usual. "Do as you feel you need to do," he said. Schalow said the issue was "blown out of proportion" and that he never intended it to be a front-page article.
A Wednesday afternoon fire caused extensive damage to the John Stram home in the Deadshot Bay area south of Detroit Lakes. No one was hurt in the blaze, which started in the attic or roof area and caused damage in excess of $75,000, according to Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Jeff Swanson. The house was built in the 1970s and has been added onto several times. It includes a double attached garage. Stram was home at the time of the fire, Swanson said. Mutual aid was provided by firefighters from Audubon and Frazee. The fire was reported at 5:05 p.m.
By DAVE OLSON Forum Communications The latest long-term outlook predicts a 90 percent chance for major flooding in Fargo this spring and a snowstorm expected Saturday won't help matters, a National Weather Service official said Thursday. Dennis Walaker, Fargo's public works director, said the city is prepared. Major flooding occurs when the level of the Red River hits 30 feet in Fargo.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Conservationists, hunters, anglers and all Minnesotans who enjoy the outdoors are invited to grab their favorite orange hat and spend a day at the State Capitol March 16. Former Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant and other individuals will adddress the audience at Noon on the Capitol steps. Organizers of the 2006 ducks rally -- scheduled for April 22 -- contend momentum is growing for a state constitutional amendment on dedicated funding for natural resources. "This is potentially the greatest piece of conservation legislation ever proposed in Minnesota," said conservationi
Minnesota duck hunters are not happy. A nationwide waterfowl survey conducted at the Las Vegas SHOT show indicates widespread dissatisfaction with all facets of the sport. Four principal flyways were surveyed at the huge industry show, with our Mississippi flyway producing the most grumbling. The flyways were further segmented into north and south zones, with hunters who live in the upper areas being most dissatisfied. What do these hunters call a good hunt?
Conservation officers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are receiving a growing number of reports about dogs chasing and harassing deer. Minnesota DNR Chief Conservation Officer Mike Hamm suggests most dog owners are not aware of what their dogs are up to when roaming. And, he added, the owner is not being kind to the dog. "People think it's great that their dogs can run," Hamm said. "But they don't know what the dogs do when they are out of sight.