DL News Staff
The Minnesota troops at Camp Shelby, Miss., who are headed for Iraq sat down Wednesday for one last big meal with their families, surrounded by signs of support from home. Some of those signs came from a class of first-graders, whose letters -- addressed "Dear Soldier" -- had been posted on the walls around the picnic tables. "Thank you for serving our country," wrote one boy. "We will be thinking about you." About 2,600 National Guard soldiers from Minnesota will soon be leaving for Iraq as part of a multi-state brigade of 4,000 troops.
Tracking sex offenders could cost $6.4 million next year and nearly $15 million in 2009, a price tag too high for Minnesota legislators this year. While Rep.
Minnesota's elderly would be especially aided by bills going through the Legislature to curb identity theft, a Senate committee heard Wednesday. "Fully one quarter of Minnesota residents have been affected by this kind of crime," said Hubert "Skip" Humphrey, former state attorney general and current president of the AARP senior citizen group. "Older people are particularly attractive targets," he added, because they often have more savings and home equity, and most long have carried good credit. The Senate Commerce Committee combined several proposals to make one that: n Allows consume
Jeff Davis, president of Minnesota Citizens in Defense of Marriage, said Wednesday that his group is calling for Sen.
A House committee eliminated funding for the arts from a proposed constitutional amendment, narrowing its focus to natural resources programs. The bill, which has more committee stops before reaching a full House vote, would dedicate one-quarter of 1 percent of the existing sales tax to the outdoors. The bill by Rep. Dennis Ozment, R-Rosemount, would spend an estimated $190 million annually three ways -- $80 million for fish and wildlife protection, $80 million to clean the state's waters and $30 million for parks and trails.
Jan. 1, 1917-March 11, 2006 Mary Erickson, 89, of Lake Park, died Saturday, March 11, 2006, at Sunnyside Care Center, Lake Park. Mary was born to Carl and Selma (Bengtson) Bjerke on Jan. 1, 1917 at their home farm, south of Lake Park. She attended rural school near Lake Park. She later married Melvin Erickson on Nov. 12, 1938 at Lake Park. Following their marriage they farmed until the early 1950s, when they moved to Lake Park. Mary was employed at the lefse factory and Fashion Cleaners in Lake Park. She was employed at American Crystal Sugar Company in Moorhead until her retirement.
Jan. 24, 1926-March 12, 2006 Former Fargo resident DuWayne O. Holm, 80, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, March 12, 2006 in Detroit Lakes. Mr. Holm was born to Oscar and Mabel (Tatley) Holm on Jan. 4, 1926 in Fargo. He graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1943. DuWayne served with the U.S. Marines during World War II, and was wounded during the battle of Iwo Jima. Following his discharge, he returned to Fargo. He married Kathryn Anderson on Nov. 30, 1946 in Minne-apolis.
June 22, 1933-March 4, 2006 Cormorant native June B. Woodard, 72, of Grand Forks, N.D., passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 4, 2006, surrounded by her family at her bedside. June Barbara Olson, the daughter of Edward A. and Palma (Savig) Olson, was born June 22, 1933 in Cormorant. She grew up and attended school in Pelican Rapids. June married Owen Woodard on Sept. 4, 1949 in Cormorant. They moved to the Grand Forks area, and made their home there. June was a devoted mother, wife and grandmother; her family was very important to her. She will be greatly missed.
A proposal offered by Gov.
Minnesota policymakers have little loose change rattling around in their pockets this year, but Gov.