What did you have to eat on Tuesday? It probably will take you a few minutes to recall everything on your plate and you’d likely miss a few things, but here’s a certainty: Farmers had something to do with it. Now is a good time to remember and appreciate those who work so hard producing the food that feeds the world. This past Tuesday, March 19, was National Agriculture Day. Farming’s impact extends beyond food. Agriculture also provides the fuel for our vehicles and the fiber for our clothes.
The trek from California through the mountain states towards home landed me in Billings, Mont., mid-day last week. I stopped for a quick bite to eat, then ordered a souped-up coffee at a local cafe, coffee which was intended to amp me up enough to reach Bismarck, N.D. The oil rush means hotels between Billings and Bismarck are expensive and scarce, so I brought my laptop into the cafe in Billings and rented a room in Bismarck online.
With a foot or more of snow still blanketing most of northern Minnesota, the snowmobiling season may extend into April for the first time in many years, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said. State trails will remain open on public land while weather and snow conditions permit; however grant-in-aid snowmobile trails close for the season on April 1, when permits with private landowners expire. Late season snowmobilers need to be aware of changing conditions, including bare spots, flowing water and exposed rocks. Some gates may be closed on grant-in-aid trails.
Every 25 minutes, one person in the U.S. dies from radon-related lung cancer. It is the largest environmental cancer risk and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Fortunately, the risk is largely preventable. More than 40 percent of Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon gas and state health officials say every home should be tested. To emphasize the importance of radon testing, Gov. Mark Dayton has declared January “Radon Action Month” in Minnesota.
A Detroit Lakes man was convicted and sentenced recently in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of violating a domestic abuse no contact order. Arlan Ray Bergstrom Jr., 20, of 424 West Central Avenue, Detroit Lakes, was ordered to serve 18 months (2½ years) in prison, stayed on conditions including completion of up to five years’ supervised probation and a 30-day jail sentence. He was also ordered to complete an undetermined amount of community service in lieu of $1,160 in court fines and fees.
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Tim Huseby, store manager of the Detroit Lakes Holiday Stationstore, will be inducted into Holiday’s 2012 Pinnacle Club. This is the eighth year Tim will be inducted into the Pinnacle Club. The induction ceremony and celebratory events involving the inductees will take place on April 3 and 4 in Minneapolis.
Richard J. Carr, 73, of Detroit Lakes, died on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 in Detroit Lakes. A mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes, with Monsignor Timothy McGee Officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 1, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at the David Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. The David Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family.
Rob Wagner, FIC, Minneapolis, a financial consultant with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, has qualified for the Sierra level conference by providing financial guidance and solutions to members of the organization in 2012. Out of nearly 2,300 Thrivent Financial representatives nationwide, 700 individuals qualified for this honor.
Becker County is fortunate to be served by the West Central Initiative. The WCI’s Focus on the Region tells the story: A little more than a year ago, the City of Detroit Lakes held an economic development summit, focusing mainly on the state of manufacturing in the area. Participants included representatives from local businesses, Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M-State), Detroit Lakes High School, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (RMCEP).