DL News Staff
Jeers to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway for jeopardizing the inexpensive flow of electricity to this area. Business has been booming for Burlington Northern, and the company has found itself unable to keep up with demand by power plants for coal from the Powder River Basin. Some of that power flows to the Detroit Lakes area via Missouri River Energy Services, part of a consortium of consumer-owned utilities that is having trouble keeping coal stockpiled at a level needed for smooth operations. When coal is not available, power must be generated using much more expensive natural gas
Without giving it a lot of thought, I always assumed I had lived a sheltered life. Not privileged by any means, but sheltered: you know, a mom, a dad, two brothers and a sister, three meals a day, a warm bed and a small school where everybody knew your name. However, in recent years, when I consider what we never experienced when I was growing up, I realize we were all deprived. For example, we never had closure. Everybody gets closure these days. They insist on it -- can't live without it. Nothing can be considered complete without closure. It's the final curtain.
Beginning Monday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will be conducting aerial mapping of Highway 32 from Highway 10 to just north of the Clay County line, and along Highway 10 from Highway 32 to Hawley. This mapping is to create a record of what is currently exists, and will be used for future planning. In order to get accurate aerial mapping it is required to set targets that will show up in the photographs. These targets are a large white "X'' painted on paved surfaces, or a plastic or fabric "X" if placed on unpaved surfaces.
Glen Menze remembered having trouble understanding a professor when he was in college in Moorhead in the 1970s. The Starbuck man told legislators that his son and daughter have had similar problems at Minnesota universities in Crookston and Morris.
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.
The U.S. Army announced earlier this year that it has raised the active Army maximum enlistment age from 35 years of age up to 40 years of age. It also announced that it has double the maximum combination of cash enlistment bonuses, up to $40,000 for the active Army, and up to $20,000 for the Army Reserve.
Immigration, floods and ag disaster aid was on the minds of Minnesota's two U.S. senators during separate press conferences Thursday. Later that day, the U.S. Senate reached a compromise on delicate, multi-tiered package that won't get a final vote until after a two-week holiday recess. But even with Senate approval, that version is strikingly different from the U.S. House of Representative's proposal, which addresses border security and would deport most, if not all, of the illegal aliens in this country. U.S. Sen.
Wearing a bright green T-shirt emblazoned with the word "Mexico," 18-year-old Marco Tapia couldn't wait to join the biggest march for immigrants he's ever seen. The Mexican-born high school senior was part of a huge crowd - organizers gave estimates ranging from 15,000 to 40,000 - that walked from the St. Paul Cathedral to the Minnesota Capitol on Sunday in a show of support and sheer numbers for immigrant rights. "Hopefully this will change the way America thinks," said Tapia, who is living illegally in Minneapolis with his mother and sister. "We're not criminals.
About 30 remaining Minnesota National Guard soldiers left Halstad, Minn., at noon Sunday after officials there decided they were no longer needed. Local officials will continue patrolling the dikes until the Red River recedes to 36.4 feet, said Kevin Ruud, Norman County emergency manager. On Sunday, the river level there was 39 feet.