DL News Staff
Who can ever forget that wide grin, that fun-loving spirit, that give-it-your-all attitude? Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett treated Minnesota Twins baseball fans to 12 years of fun. He died Monday at the way-too-young age of 45. It's impossible to determine how many teen-age boys or old-age dogs in Twins Territory answer to the name "Kirby," but by all accounts there are quite a few. Back in 1987 and '91, when Puckett led the Twins to World Series championships, it was fashionable to name children and pets after the roly-poly center fielder.
These days, we hear a lot about methamphetamine, a powerful and popular "upper" that has been around for decades.
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