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Farmers and rancher will be the first ones hurt if a full blown trade war develops, because agricultural products are among America's top exports — and farm goods are what retaliatory tariffs will target in a trade war, said Lynn Paulson, Bell Bank's director of agribusiness development. President Trump has imposed tariffs — essentially taxes on imports — on goods from China, Canada and the European Union, and those nations have responded with tit-for-tat retaliatory tariffs against American exports.
The Audubon City Council is considering an ordinance to restrict where high-risk sex offenders can live and where they can go within city limits. The proposed ordinance was spurred by the planned arrival of Level 3 predatory offender Adam Levi Schultz, 25, who is being released from prison and planned to move to a residence in Audubon July 14.
Most people don't like to think about disasters and emergencies, but some planning now can save people a lot of grief later, says Becker County Emergency Manager Craig Fontaine. It can be something as basic as clean water: what do you do if you're left without access to drinkable water? Stores will sell out quickly. Plan for a gallon of water per day per person for three days — for drinking, cooking and cleaning, Fontaine said.
The sun was shining, the sky was blue, the breeze was gentle —Friday afternoon was the perfect time to climb into a small airplane, spiral slowly up to 10,000 feet, and drop out of the sky roaring like Lucifer falling from Heaven. Wearing a parachute, of course, and attached to a member of the Skydive Fargo club, which was providing the $250 jumps as part of the Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes.
If Jim Newberger could bottle his cheerful optimism, he'd be a wealthy man. The 54-year-old three-term state representative from Becker, Minn., is the Republican-endorsed candidate running against two-term Democrat Amy Klobuchar for the U.S. Senate, and Tuesday he swung through Detroit Lakes. "I'm stepping away from a very safe (state) House seat to keep my promise," to run against Klobuchar, he said. He recently retired from a 30-year career as a paramedic in North Minneapolis and is now focusing his energy on going after Klobuchar.
A big crowd turned out for the tug-of-war competition on the beach near the Pavilion Tuesday evening, and they saw the returning champions from last year win again: the Anytime Fitness team won the women's division and J&J Concrete won the men's division, said Water Carnival co-Admiral Natalie Bly. "We had a great crowd, the weather was perfect," Bly said. "It's one of our staple events—we draw a crowd every year. It's almost a tradition in Detroit Lakes—tug of war Tuesday and water fights Wednesday."
Despite years of effort by the lake association, zebra mussels have been found in Floyd Lake, a development that is "very disheartening," said Floyd Shores Association President Jenifer Mastrud. "We're devastated in the fact that we finally have an AIS (aquatic invasive species)," she said. "We've done so much, we've been really diligent..."
With protests expected following the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approval of the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline route, sheriffs and emergency managers met recently to discuss concerns, said Becker County Emergency Manager Craig Fontaine. Local law enforcement has been gearing up for potential confrontation between protesters and law enforcement similar to the sometimes-violent Dakota Access Pipeline clashes in North Dakota, with the Becker County Sheriff's Office, for one, investing over the past year in riot gear and similar equipment.
Images of young children, taken away from migrant parents and held in detention centers, brought out protesters across the country on Saturday—including about 100 people at Veterans Memorial Park in Detroit Lakes. The "Families Belong Together" protests were held nearly two months after the Trump administration launched its "zero tolerance" policy toward undocumented immigrants—and separated thousands of children from their parents.
The primary election isn't until Aug. 14, but you can cast your vote starting Friday. Thanks to a 2014 law authored by Secretary of State Steve Simon, who was then a state representative, "no-excuse absentee balloting" gives Minnesotans the chance to begin voting by mail or in person 46 days ahead of Election Day. For the Aug. 14 primary, that day is Friday.