DL News Staff
Five teens are vying for the Miss Polar Fest title, and six for the Miss Teen Polar Fest title. Miss Polar Fest 2005 Leah Griffin and Miss Teen Polar Fest 2005 Summer Jordan will pass on the crowns to two lucky girls Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Historic Holmes Theatre. There is a $5 admission fee. Those up for the Miss Polar Fest crown include Ashley Lund, daughter of Steve and Ruth Lund. She is a senior at Detroit Lakes High School and attends Minnesota State University Community and Technical College.
A White Earth man made his first appearance in Becker County District Court on two felony charges Monday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder set bond at $25,000 against Jon Manypenny, 22, of 35130 County Highway 33. His next court appearance is Feb. 27. Manypenny is charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and second-degree assault-weapon and bodily harm. According to the court complaint, Manypenny allegedly stabbed a man five times with a steak knife and bit him on his forearm.
Keith Brekken is calling it quits. In just under 11 months, Becker County's auditor will again be a private citizen, something he hasn't been for much of his adult life. Brekken, who turns 62 this year, officially notified the Becker County commissioners Tuesday that he will not seek a fifth four-year term. "Things are changing within county government so quickly and so fast, maybe it's time to step aside and let someone take it on, get some new blood in," reasoned Brekken during an interview Monday. "The other day I sat down and looked at the history of the (Becker County) office.
Recently, I started reading the columns by Sarah Rosten in The Wave page. Wow! Her choice of topics such as "assisted suicide," "homosexuality," "relationships," and "the process of change in humans" demonstrates her wide versatility in subject matter. I would like to say thank you, Sarah, for your willingness to tackle difficult subjects, your research, and the important contribution you are making to the community. From now on when I receive the Tribune, the first thing I will do is "catch The Wave!" -- Mitsy Casey, Detroit Lakes
Imagine this: A fully loaded KC-135 tanker crashes after takeoff in the city of Grand Forks, N.D. The ensuing massive fireball leads to a wind driven firestorm that levels much of the city, leaving it a black and smoking ruin. Thousands are dead. Now, imagine the federal government informing these people that they are not entitled to any direct compensation from the federal government, because they chose to live there, and should have carried homeowners insurance to address this issue.
Keith Brekken plans to retire this year after 16 years in the Becker County Auditor's seat. He has been an outspoken, sometimes cantankerous -- but always independent -- voice in county government, where he has positioned himself as a counterweight to the power of the county board. At times he has been controversial, especially in his early years, when he often did battle with commissioners. But Brekken has always taken his statutory powers seriously and he has provided a platform for residents who feel shut out of the mainstream political process, be they environmentalists or tax protes
When the pioneers settled the endless prairie, they had to provide their own music. They took music-making seriously because there wasn't a whole lot else to do for fun. Even in the smallest town, the early settlers formed bands, choruses and orchestras. Families had pianos and pump organs brought in by train. Anybody with a smidgen of musical knowledge was beseiged for lessons. Without radios, record players, stereos and televisions, imagine how quiet things could get on the prairie!
ST. PAUL - Businesses across Minnesota would see a break in their property taxes under a legislative proposal unveiled Monday. The state could use roughly $80 million annually generated by closing so-called corporate tax loopholes to reduce property taxes paid by businesses, Sen.
Some parents want several books to be removed from the library shelves at the Prairie Wind Middle School in Perham. They don't want the books banned but moved to the high school library because of profanity, sexually explicit content and violence. The issue started with "A Northern Light," by Jennifer Donnelly. The Junior Library Guild Selection book and Carnegie Medal winner is a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of a 1906 murder.