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With the nighttime temperatures dipping below freezing this week, area gardeners may want to consider protecting the perennials that are starting to shoot up, said Linda Perrine, Master Gardener program coordinator. That means leaving winter mulch and dead leaves in place to protect outdoor plants for a few more weeks, or even putting that mulch back if you already removed it, she said. It's all part of the spring balancing act: Remove the mulch too soon and risk frost damage to the plants; leave the mulch too long and risk problems with mold.
DFL Sen. Kent Eken of Twin Valley has done his part to help the residents of Detroit Lakes pay for an expensive new wastewater treatment plant, with some help from his Republican colleague Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen of Alexandria. Together, the two helped pass legislation in the Senate raising the state grant cap to $17 million from $7 million, specifically for Detroit Lakes. Funding still needs to be approved by the House.
In a move that would impact Detroit Lakes and other small Minnesota cities, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), has introduced bipartisan legislation to boost the number of doctors able to work in rural areas. The Conrad State 30 & Physician Access Act would allow more international doctors to remain in the U.S. after completing their residency, under the condition that they practice in underserved areas, such as rural communities.
Veterans will have the chance to receive some free services, including free legal advice, at an April 26 Stand Down from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kent Freeman Arena at the Becker County Fairgrounds. Services will include free meals, help with VA benefits, free clothing (military surplus for homeless veterans), help with housing and public benefits, information from the state DMV, chaplaincy aid, and employment assistance, said Lauri Brooke, veterans service officer for Becker County. "We've budgeted $1,000 for it," she told the Becker County Board on Tuesday.
It would be almost comical if it weren't so tragic for all involved: Since 2008, Level 3 sex offender Robert Thomas Baca has bounced around a half dozen times between prison and supervised release in Detroit Lakes. He made it to California once, Montana once, Pelican Rapids once, and most recently to the Brandy Lake area. Now he is heading back to prison again, after his latest abortive attempt to flee the area.
Becker County Transit will start Saturday bus service May 6, serving people in a roughly 5-mile radius of downtown Detroit Lakes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rides will cost $1.50 each way, just like they do during regular weekday hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., but rides will be free the first Saturday, so people can check out the new service, said Becker County Transit Director Ryan Damlo.
Sometimes it's easy to forget how far this country has come when it comes to getting rid of its garbage. It wasn't until the 1970s that city and township dumps were closed down and cleaned up, including those in Becker County. Up until then, anything went. Barrels of arsenic were accepted as a revenue source and thrown in local dumps along with everything else. Old-timers have fond memories of shooting rats at those township dumps, or hunting for antique bottles in rural dumpsites.
Easter falls on wildly different dates from year to year. It falls on April 16 this year, but last year it fell on March 27. And the year before that it was April 5. The year before that it fell on April 20. So what gives? Does it take a mathematical genius to figure it out? Well, yes, actually. At least if you're trying to figure it out in your head.
Due to information that was omitted from a chart provided by the Minnesota Department of Education, the total amount of new education dollars was incorrect for several area school districts in a story in Wednesday's Tribune. The chart compared new education dollars proposed by the governor's office, the Minnesota House and the Minnesota Senate. On the face of it, Waubun-Ogema-White Earth would get twice as much ($938,000) under the House plan as the $431,000 it would receive under Dayton's plan. It would receive $250,000 under the Senate plan.
At this point in the Legislative session there are three competing education, tax and bonding plans—from DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, the Republican-led House and the Republican-led Senate.