DL News Staff
Kirby Puckett's death brings up a familiar question: Are revered public figures ever all they seem? Who was the real Puckett, the charmer who was loved by all who knew him, or the cad who kept a mistress and beat his wife? The answer? Puckett was both. Forget the adulation Puckett received from the public. Listen instead to the tales from teammates, coaches and friends. Amazing stuff, really, if only because I can't imagine when Kirby got the time to be such a friend to everybody. Puckett knew the names of every player in spring training, even the lowliest rookies.
By MIKE NOWATZKI Forum Communications During his 47 years as a mechanic specializing in British cars, Ernie West of Dent said he was always a bridesmaid, never a bride. "I always worked on these cars, but I never had one," he said. That changed about a month ago, when some of his faithful customers pitched in to buy him a 1974 Jensen Healey. "Now, I'm up to my neck in it," West said. It's a familiar position for the 67-year-old mechanic. West has as much work as he can handle at Dead Lake Motors, his small auto shop south of Dent. West's customers appreciate his talent and commi
More than 24 million Americans have fought for our freedom in the military. More than 22 million children live in single parent family households. One in three children will be poor at some point in their childhood. What do these people have in common? The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children. Located in Eaton Rapids, Mich., the National Home was founded in 1925 to care for widows and orphans left behind after World War I. Over time, the Home has served thousands of people in crisis, through both long and short-term programs for children and single parent families.
CAMP SHELBY, Miss. - Three days of goodbyes and going-away celebrations began here Tuesday for the roughly 2,600 Minnesota National Guard soldiers -- including a contingent based out of the Detroit Lakes Armory -- who will soon be leaving for a 12-month deployment to Iraq. An outdoor concert under a warm, cloudless sky began the slate of events, which culminate Thursday in a ceremony and visit from Gov. Tim Pawlenty. About 3,000 friends and relatives are expected to make the trip. Many of them have already been in the area for days. Spc.
First of all, this may be Minnesota Vikings country, but there are some Green Bay Packers' fans within our midst. So in this age of enlightenment and acceptance, it is permissible to set aside the gridiron animosity and charitably discover an opponent's illustrious history. Twelve National Football League championships and 25 players in the National Football Hall of Fame is quite the legacy for any professional team, let alone one based in a community of about 100,000 residents. That, my Viking friends, is seven points on the scoreboard in the opening drive! While it may seem disloyal
Tom Kummrow told a Senate panel on Tuesday that his family was lucky. Kummrow's son, Darin, was seriously injured in a car crash last October, but the 27-year-old escaped death. Other families aren't so fortunate, the former Fergus Falls police captain said. "My story is not unique.
Hold the bus! Judging from the response from Detroit Lakes School Board Chairman Tom Seaworth, I hit a nerve with my column comparing recent DL School District administration changes to an "Old Boy's Club." I heard from a lot of people who liked the column. So many, in fact, that I was beginning to think that the only eight people who wouldn't like my column would be the school board, the superintendent and LNP Consulting -- all of whom had said all they were going to say in two previous news stories, I thought. I was wrong.
Let's say you own a home in Minnesota and the assessor ups its market value. Oh, great, you think: Property taxes will go up. Not necessarily. Or maybe you read that the county board, city council or school board asks for more property taxes. You just know it will be a big property tax increase. Not necessarily. Perhaps the state Legislature decides local government should pay for something the state used to fund. There's no doubt, you decide, property taxes will soar out of sight. Again, not necessarily. In recent years, property taxes for most Minnesota property have gone up.
A Hawley man was sentenced Friday in Becker County District Court, on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer. Joshua Robert Thorsvig, 25, of Lot 46, Riverview, was originally charged in connection with an Oct.
Three gambling bills lived to see another day Friday, as a House committee approved allowing Internet betting on horse races, expanding the Canterbury Park card club and opening Canterbury to slot machines. While none of the three faces a bright future, House Speaker Steve Sviggum, R-Kenyon, says he wants to keep the Canterbury casino -- known as a racino -- alive in case a lawsuit creates a hole in the state budget. Canterbury would benefit from all three measures that passed the House Gaming Division. The bill that could affect the most people is one written by Rep.