DL News Staff
With transportation demands growing, BNSF Railway will spend $400 million this year expanding rails, the head of the company told a Bismarck business group Tuesday. That includes hundreds of new locomotives. Matt Rose, president, chairman and chief executive officer, said BNSF and the nation's other six large railroads -- known as Class I -- are now growing faster than the economy as a whole. Rose was the main speaker at the Bismarck Mandan Development Association's annual meeting.
The Detroit Lakes Fire Department was called to the coin laundry next to Food 'N Fuel late Monday morning. A patron had put several cleaning mops in a dryer, which caught fire. Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Jeff Swanson said it's believed that fumes from the mops caused the problem. Swanson said there was only minimal damage and most of that was smoke-related.
Chelsea Lessin of Detroit Lakes was crowned Miss Polar Fest 2006 Saturday, Feb 18 at the Historic Holmes Theatre. Lessin is a junior at Detroit Lakes High School and is the daughter of Mark and Candice Lessin. Leaha Jacobson of Frazee was named Jr. Miss Polar Fest 2006. She is a ninth grader at Frazee-Vergas High School and is the daughter of Marty and Tyanne Jacobson.
Jeers to the Republican majority in Congress for picking on those least able to defend themselves -- children -- when cutting $40 billion over five years from the national budget. Becker County Human Services expects to lose nearly $500,000 in money needed to protect children and keep them out of poverty. Why pick on the neediest? How about a windfall oil tax? The oil companies are rolling in money right now -- let them give some back. Or how about restoring the tax brackets to what they were during the Clinton years?
The relentless march of technology makes one wonder, is anything left to the imagination anymore? Thanks to Google, anybody with a high-speed Internet connection can fly around at 2,000 feet above the earth and zoom in close enough to see cars, buildings and roads in Brazil or Thailand -- or your hometown. There is some concern that terrorists will use the detailed satellite images to select targets, so some places around Washington, D. C., like Dick Cheney's residence, have been blurred over. But my farm is still clear as a bell. I can see individual trees.
In 1919, political speech acquired its modern status as exalted expression in the case of Schenck v. United States. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. brought forth a "clear and present danger" test to protect political speech that ultimately culminated in 1969's "incitement" standard as articulated by the Warren Court in Brandenburg v. Ohio. These cases and their progeny sprung from the attempts of federal and state governments to prosecute and thereby stop the public from speaking out on the political issues of the day. Admittedly the comments were sometimes harsh and irresponsible.
Precinct caucuses are coming on Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. The caucuses are an integral component of Minnesota's civic life. Recently we've marked great achievements in civic engagement: the highest voter turnout in the nation in the past three elections, and the highest 18-to-24-year-old voter turnout in state history, at nearly 70 percent. We have made great strides in recruiting enough election judges to address shortages that existed before 2000.
America has fallen behind some other nations in the production of scientists and mathematicians, causing justifiable worry about the nation's competitive future. Both India and China graduate more than four times as many engineers as the United States. What does that say about where the next big ideas in technology will come from? That is why recent Republican proposals to boost domestic math and science education have merit.