DL News Staff
The fire season took off this week with the Park Rapids Area Forestry Office reporting four fires Thursday that burned about 25 acres. The largest fire was in Straight River Township on Fritz Craig's property along the Straight River, where about 20 acres burned in addition to an open shop building, a number of cars and a tire pile. To date, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), five fires have burned about 128 acres. An additional 18 Minnesota counties, including Hubbard, will no longer be issuing burning permits as of 8 a.m.
The Minnesota Legislature cannot change a proposed constitutional amendment that many rural leaders fear will eat into their road construction funds, an assistant attorney general has ruled. The opinion came this week, after a House attorney says the wording can be changed. The conflicting opinions make an already controversial issue more so. The proposed amendment, which will be on the Nov.
Private property owners could have more protections if a government tries to take their land as lawmakers move to reform the state's eminent domain laws. After three hours of debate, the Minnesota House on Thursday voted 115-17 to place new limits on governments' ability to take private land from one owner so it can be used for a private economic development project. Bill sponsor Rep. Jeff Johnson said more restrictions are needed to make sure private property owners are fairly compensated if their land is taken for a public use, such as a new road or school building.
One central Minnesota baby has made a grand entrance, being born during a minute of chronological coincidence. Anthony Patrick Mertens showed up at 1:23 p.m. on 4-5-06 and weighed 7 pounds. His parents are Linda Kolodjeski and Anthony Mertens, of St. Cloud. The baby was due April 26, but doctors at St. Cloud Hospital began inducing his mother at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. What the birth time and date means, Mertens' parents don't know. "Hopefully something good," Kolodjeski said. Mertens has two older sisters, Courtney, 6, and Zoe, 15 months. His dad said he's happy to have a boy in the family.
A Dodge County sting operation set up to capture Internet sexual predators has a Richville man needing to get out of Dodge. A three-count complaint was filed against Larry Burian McClendon, Jr. on March 20. Court records indicate the thirty-six year-old man resides on West First Street in Richville. McClendon is charged with three felonies related to a March 17 incident. According to the criminal complaint, Kasson City Police Department officers entered an Internet chat room as a 14-year old girl and were contacted by an individual named Larry.
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