DL News Staff
If the Minnesota Legislature's first three days were busy, the next few days probably will be even busier with major bills debated by the full House. "I'm in the mode to vote," House Speaker Steve Sviggum, R-Kenyon, said Friday. "Let's vote." Among items expected to be on the House floor next week is a bill banning protests at funerals, the bill on the fastest track to passage in light of last week's protest at soldier's funeral in Anoka.
Remember the text book or booklet you read in elementary school that laid out a few neat, clean steps about how a bill becomes law? It is misleading and incomplete. The human factor seldom is discussed in texts. Also often missing are discussions about lobbyists and partisan politics.
Military families should not be the only ones insulated from protesters, a growing number of Minnesota legislators say. Immediately after a Kansas church group protested near a soldier's funeral last week, legislators began introducing bills to ban disruptions of military-related funerals. Now, bills have expanded to ban protests from all funerals. A bill written by Rep.
Rep. Doug Magnus' stocking cap said it all: "Get-R-Done." That was the attitude of many Minnesota legislators Wednesday as they kicked off their 2006 legislative session after two ugly sessions gave them a black eye. Lawmakers' theme of the day was the same as the saying on the hat worn by Magnus, R-Slayton. Gov. Tim Pawlenty joined in trying to find ways to improve the legislative process.
A White Earth man was found guilty of two felony charges by a Becker County jury Tuesday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder ordered David Bower, 19, held on $18,000 bond, with sentencing March 28. Bower was convicted of one count each of fifth-degree assault and domestic assault of an adult female at a rural White Earth residence. According to court records, Bower was on supervised probation for two separate incidents of assault when he assaulted the White Earth woman.
A Detroit Lakes man made his first appearance in Becker County District Court on a felony charge Thursday. District Judge Steve Cahill set bail at $300 against Rolland Basswood, 39, of 1158 Minnesota Avenue. His next court appearance is March 13. Basswood is charged with harassment-violating a restraining order.
The following information was taken from reports at the Becker County Sheriff's Department and the Detroit Lakes Police Department. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 2:07 p.m., a rural Lake Park residential break-in was reported.
Playhouse 412 and the Historic Holmes Theater will present the latest in their "Sunday Recital Series," a fund-raiser for both the theater's new Yamaha grand piano and Playhouse 412's production and operating expenses, at 2 p.m. today (Sunday). A freewill offering will be collected at each recital with a suggested donation of $5. Performing at this month's recital are MMTA state piano contest winners. *** Lakes Plus will host a square dance from 2 to 4:30 p.m. today in the Odd Fellows Hall, Detroit Lakes. Roger Lueth will call tips. All dancers and spectators are welcome. *** U.S.
One of the original shock rockers, Alice Cooper, will play the Fargo Civic Center May 15. Known for onstage theatrics (including for a while staging his own beheading) Cooper scored hits in the early 1970s with anti-establishment rockers like "School's Out" and "I'm Eighteen." The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum has enshrined his "I'm Eighteen" as one of the 50 most important songs in the history of rock 'n' roll. Thorough enough to please both the casual fan and his diehards, the May 15 show will highlight a selection of songs from over three decades of Cooper's greatest hits.