DL News Staff
The state of the state is, it appears, political. Tim Pawlenty rattled off 16 "major accomplishments" in his first three years as governor Thursday during a 40-minute State of the State speech that challengers said was a preview of his re-election campaign. The Republican governor patted himself on the back for completing "the biggest financial turnaround in Minnesota history, going from a $4.5 billion deficit to a billion surplus." He said his proposal to pay teaches based on performance means Minnesota "regained our status as the nation's innovators in education." And he promoted "the larg
A unanimous Minnesota House on Thursday banned funeral protests. "I am asking my colleagues to join me in walking through a minefield ... on behalf of soldiers who walked through and died in real minefields," Rep. Steve Smith, R-Mound, said before his colleagues voted 133-0 to keep protesters at least 1,000 feet away from funerals, funeral processions, burial ceremonies and related activities. Smith said 1st Amendment free speech rights were the minefield he hoped to avoid.
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.
The Vergas Fire Department was called to a fire Wednesday afternoon, only to find it had lost one of its own antique trucks in the blaze. Fire Chief Jeff Zitzow said a shop at the Steve Bruhn turkey farm, located about two miles east of Vergas, burned down. It stored an antique fire truck used by the fire department in parades. The fire also destroyed four tractors, one payloader and two generators that had been stored in the shop. Zitzow said the damage was estimated at $200,000. The cause of the fire is unknown.
Three cheers (softly, now) to the City of Detroit Lakes for pushing ahead with plans for a locomotive whistle-free quiet zone to go with the Highway 10 realignment project. The zone will stretch from the Wine Lake Road crossing near Wal-Mart to the County Road 54 crossing near Hidden Hills. While most Burlington Northern Santa Fe engineers are professionally judicious in their use of the horn, which is required at intersections, a merry few seem to delight in long, loud blasts while going through town. In a quiet zone, the horns aren't blown, because the crossings are designed with safet
June 3, 1948-March 5, 2006 John Tabbut, 57, of Pelican Rapids, died on Sunday, March 5, 2006 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. John Thomas Tabbut, the son of Thomas O. and June Marjorie (West) Tabbut, was born June 3, 1948, in Pelican Rapids. He was baptized and confirmed at Scambler Union Church in rural Pelican Rapids. In 1966, John graduated from Pelican Rapids High School. He attended North Dakota State University, receiving a degree in agriculture engineering. While at NDSU, John was a member of the Gold Star Marching Band.
Aug. 6, 1927-March 3, 2006 Raymond J. Warren, 78, of White Earth, died Friday, March 3, 2006 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. Raymond John Warren was born to John and Isabelle (Bellecourt) Warren on Aug. 6, 1927 in White Earth, where he was raised and educated. He served with the Merchant Marines and later, with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Following his discharge, Raymond returned to White Earth, where he sold encyclopedias. He then moved to Kenosha, Wis., where he worked for American Motors during the 1950s.
March 4, 1937-March 3, 2006 Judith A. "Judy" Skoog, 68, of Wolf Lake, died peacefully at her home on Friday, March 3, 2006, after battling brain cancer. Judy died the day before her birthday, surrounded by her loving family and dear friends. Judith Ann Erickson was born to Wilho and Elsie (Minkkinen) Erickson on March 4, 1937 in Lake Linden, Mich. She married Kenneth Skoog on Oct. 13, 1956 in Detroit, Mich. They made their home in Wolf Lake. Judy was a member of the Wolf Lake Laestadian Lutheran Church. She most enjoyed providing a loving home for her husband, children and grandchildren.
By DON DAVIS St. Paul Bureau Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposes putting $10 million a year more into early childhood education. Money would come from federal welfare funds. "The pre-kindergarten years are a critical part of determining a child's educational success," Pawlenty said Tuesday. "Our state already makes significant investment in early childhood programs. Today we are committing to ensure that money is well-spent and funding programs that add value to getting our children ready for school. We know that doing so can have strong, long-term positive impacts." Sen.