DL News Staff
A key lawmaker and Gov. Tim Pawlenty acknowledged Friday that the governor's main education initiative of the 2006 legislative session doesn't have enough support to pass. Pawlenty wants to require that schools spend 70 percent of their money on classroom expenses, but House Speaker Steve Sviggum, R-Kenyon, said there aren't enough votes to get it to the governor's desk. Pawlenty himself also admitted to that. Democrats say they support directing education money to the classroom, but don't want a state mandate. Some House Republicans also oppose it. Rep.
When the Detroit Lakes wrestling team begins its 2006-07 season, it will be without the combined 273 wins from this year's two seniors, Brent Eidenschink and Justin Horne. Each Laker placed in the 2006 state Class 2A wrestling meet, with Eidenschink just missing becoming the first-ever DL state champion with his second state runner-up finish at 189, while Horne landed a sixth-place slot at 125. Both of the DL matmen also eclipsed the century win mark for their careers, as Eidenschink leaves with a 162-25 record and Horne a 111-42 mark.
By BRIAN WIERIMA firstname.lastname@example.org It was a historical season for the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team -- one which saw records fall, but also one which ended too early. The Lakers set a school record 22 victories over the course of the 2005-06 season, resulting in a Mid-State Conference championship and a top seed in the Section 8-3A playoffs. But their season was cut off prematurely with a section semifinal loss to Fergus Falls, the third loss to the Otters this season, where DL finished 22-4 overall.
The Detroit Lakes boys' basketball team has picked their shot to peak at the right time of the year, and they've picked it well. Only once did the Lakers win games consecutively this season -- that coming Dec. 16 and 20 -- until now. DL is on a three-game winning streak, with the latest being in the Section 8-3A playoff quarterfinals over Park Rapids Thursday. The Lakers controlled the game for the majority of the two halves, hitting 45 percent of their shots and playing stingy defense to propel them to a 60-53 victory. The win gives DL a trip to St.
An Indiana man has been arrested on a first-of-its-kind charge from Cass County. Muncie, Ind., Police Lt. Roc Barrett said Ron Karas, 34, was arrested there Monday.
A Becker County District Court judge is deciding whether to dismiss a case against Moorhead Police Chief Grant Weyland and the city alleging police officers must fulfill monthly quotas for traffic citations. Judge Thomas Schroeder said Wednesday at a hearing in Clay County that he'll consider a motion filed by attorneys representing Weyland and the city that claims the lawsuit doesn't have standing. In June Moorhead's police union filed a civil suit against Weyland and the city alleging officers are required to attain monthly quotas for traffic and drunken driving citations or face disciplin
Authorities have identified the 10-year-old boy who died in a freak accident Sunday when he was struck by a milk can at his father's home in Erskine. The boy was Nicholas Sevigny of Lancaster, according to a news release from the Polk County sheriff's office.
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.