A former Lake Park resident has been convicted and sentenced Becker County District Court on a felony charge of depriving another of their custodial or parental rights. Shane Anthony Spicer, 39, of 12720 120th St., Wadena, was given a stay of imposition on a possible prison sentence, with conditions including up four years of supervised probation, four days in jail and payment of $1,085 in court fines and fees. If he successfully completes probation, the felony charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor on his record.
Cheers to the two Minnesota congressmen who sit on the House Agriculture Committee. Both voted against a measure to exempt derivative trading from the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act. Collin Peterson (DFL-7th District, Detroit Lakes) and Tim Walz (DFL-1st District, Mankato) were on the losing side of a 31 to 14 vote on the measure last month. A little background, courtesy of MapLight, a clean government group:
About two months ago I began watching a bald eagle incubating her eggs on a live video feed called “Eagle Cam” on Minnesota DNR’s web site. I enjoyed watching the eagle sitting peacefully on her eggs, keeping them warm. I looked forward to the day when the eggs would inevitably hatch. Or would they? I recall one especially cold day when the eagle left her nest and did not return for what I thought was too long a period of time for the fragile eggs to be left exposed to the cold and wind. But who am I to say? I’m no eagle, what do I know.
The Detroit Lakes Community Development Committee didn’t agree with the Planning Commission recommendation when it came to development at the corner of West Lake Drive and Washington Avenue. Tuesday night the planning commission voted to approve an addition to the former Giovanni’s building owned by Mitch Wimmer that would tip the impervious scale from 39 percent to 42 percent.
( Editor’s note: The following guest editorial is in the form of a letter that Robert E. Olson, chair of the Statewide Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee, wrote to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr.) Dear DNR Commissioner Landwehr:
The Frazee boys’ and girls’ track and field teams got their first taste of spring action in the Bemidji Indoor meet Tuesday. Frazee boys’ sprinter Gabriele Grassi won the 60-meter hurdles with an 8.70 time, while teammate Cody Nordquist was third with a 9.13. Grassi also was third in the 60-meter dash with a 7.42. Holly McCamant was eighth in the 3,200 run with a 14:16.43 for the Hornet girls, while Samantha Barker claimed a top 10 finish in the long jump with a ninth-place effort at 13-07.5.
Middle School-High School 3-30-13 Halver-York-Meyer 64 20 Watro-Wendt-Kluenenberg 58 26 Soyring-Gordan-Ende 53 31
A pruning workshop is April 18 from 6–8:30 p.m. in Central Lakes College Ag and Energy Center Field Office, Staples. The second in a series of workshops on orchard management in cold climates, the program is suitable for all levels of experience. The instructor is Horticulturist Thaddeus McCamant with Central Lakes College. He will be speaking about the basic techniques of pruning and training of apple and plum trees will be discussed. Participants will be then given the opportunity to prune live trees at the CLC Ag and Energy Center demonstration orchard.
A prayer walk for education is Saturday, April 13, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes High School by the tennis courts. This is for all area schools. The event is sponsored by the Lakes Area Prayer Wall in conjunction with a nationwide prayer initiative with Hartland Apostolic Prayer Network and Minnesota’s Call to the Wall, with 50 states for 50 days. Minnesota’s assigned date to “hold the torch” begins April 12 at 9:30 p.m. for 24 hours for prayer of education.
Detroit Lakes Mayor Matt Brenk signed a proclamation declaring April 7-13 as Boys & Girls Club Week in Detroit Lakes. The club is open to kids ages 5-18 years old after school and throughout the day during the summer months. The club’s structured focus is on academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and leadership. The club offers an assortment of fun, informative and educational programs to more than 200 children each day at the Detroit Lakes and Perham units combined.