DL News Staff
I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the community for the overwhelming support of the Boys and Girls Club at the Polar Plunge on Feb. 11. The 10th anniversary event proved to be the best Polar Plunge in history. This event would not be successful if it were not for Chet and the crew at the Lakeside, Mike, Mark and the gang at Lakeshirts, Gary "Seal" Thompson and the guys at Tri-State Diving, Miller Excavating, The City of Detroit Lakes and Kevin Flynn and WILD104.
I own property in Round Lake Township that has been part of my family for 38 years. My concerns are valid, legitimate, and should be given serious consideration. I was offended by some of the things I heard at the last ATV Trail Planning Meeting. For it to be suggested that most off-trail ATV use is prior to big game hunting to construct stands is ridiculous. I've been deer hunting up here for 30-some years and this is not the case.
Turning Back the Pages is always fun to read because it keeps readers informed of how Detroit Lakes has changed and it ties us to our past and makes us view the present in a special light. In Sunday's 50 Years ago, February 15, 1956, the very beginning of what is currently Detroit Lakes Senior High is mentioned, and the school board is projecting that the new school will cost over $1 million.
Take a stack of 100 $1 bills. Place a quarter next to it. Isn't cleaning up lakes worth at least that much? How about if you add in helping fish, wildlife, parks and trails? And then for good measure, also give a hand to the arts, humanities, museums and public broadcasting? It's a small cost for a big payoff. That's why a proposal from Senator Dallas Sams is a good one.
It was the students' turn at Waubun-Ogema-White Earth Public Schools Friday to say what they think of the learning environment at the high school. It was 180 degrees different than the criticism raised Tuesday by several parents who held their own press conference in Waubun on allegations on racism, unequal administration of the dress code and selective discipline of students. The High School Student Council called Friday's press conference, according to president Brienna Hoban, in response to what was said Tuesday.
U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) joined three other senators Thursday in lauding the merits of the proposed Combat Meth Act. The legislation is attached to the reauthorization of the federal Patriot Act, which may get a final vote by March 1. Combat Meth Act includes millions of dollars for drug treatment and law enforcement, plus nationwide restrictions on the retail sales of cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine.
A man who was mistakenly released from the Clay County Jail turned himself back in Tuesday after more than a month of freedom. John Patrick Murphy, 56, turned himself in at the jail about 11 p.m., Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said. Murphy, 2016 1st Ave. S., Fargo, walked out of the jail Jan.
A Becker County jury found a White Earth man guilty of two felony charges Thursday. District Judge John Pearson set the sentencing of Wilmar Hanks, 33, on March 30. The jury deliberated for less than two hours before reach the verdict. Hanks was charged with one count each of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The charges stem from an Oct. 1, 2005, incident in White Earth. Hanks observed two men assault Cody Eaglefeather, White Earth, earlier that day.
A Ponsford man was sentenced on a felony charge in Becker County District Court Wednesday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder stayed an 18-month prison sentence against Travis Norcross, 23, and ordered he serve six months in jail for violation of a protection order. Norcross was fined $597 and will be on supervised probation for up to five years. Norcross was arrested by a White Earth police officer Nov. 18, 2005, after he was observed driving in a Pine Point Township road ditch.