DL News Staff
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.
A Naytahwaush woman is accused of forgery and possession of stolen property after her apparent persistence got her arrested at a Fargo department store Sunday, police said. Fargo Police Lt. Tod Dahle said Maria Brown, 21, was arrested at 7:40 p.m. at Kohl's Department Store. Dahle said Brown came through the checkout line with two carts full of clothes worth about $1,400.
Oct. 4, 1941-Feb. 13, 2006 Detroit Lakes native Peter E. "Pete" Specht, 64, of Buffalo, Minn., died Monday, February 13, 2006 at the Buffalo Hospital. Peter Ernest Specht, the son of Ernest and Doris (Nelson) Specht, was born on Oct. 4, 1941 in Detroit Lakes, where he grew up and graduated from high school in 1959. Following high school, Pete attended Moorhead State College and graduated in 1964. He married Gayle Carlson in 1965 in Rockford, Ill. The couple made their home in Audubon, where Pete began a 35-year teaching career.
A Detroit Lakes woman was sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge Monday. District Judge John Pearson stayed execution of a 15-month prison sentence against Jamie Danzeisen, 34, of 215 East Central Street. Danzeisen must serve nine months in jail with credit for time served, was placed on supervised probation for up to 10 years and was fined $587. Danzeisen was charged with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, stemming from an Oct. 29, 2005, arrest in Detroit Lakes for methamphetamine.
Outdoors enthusiasts hope the eighth time is a charm for their favorite programs getting new money. They have tried with no success since 1999 to convince legislators to dedicate some of the Minnesota sales tax to hunting, fishing and related uses. Sen.
New federal figures that show Minnesotans pay more taxes than a decade ago is a mixture of good and bad news. Lynn Reed of the nonpartisan Minnesota Taxpayers Association said higher personal income is the reason for higher tax bills. Political leaders said that is good news for the state, although taken out of context it does look bad. Newly released federal Census Bureau figures show the average Minnesotan paid nearly $2,900 in state taxes (not including federal or local taxes) in 2004, compared to almost $1,900 in 1994.