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Saying it was "reckless and foolish" to cut $505 million in projected spending, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the health and human services budget bill last week. Now the Republican-controlled Legislature and the DFL governor will have to compromise on a new bill to avoid at least a partial government shutdown. And when that happens, the state's youngest and most vulnerable residents should be kept in mind, said Jim Koppel, assistant commissioner for Children and Family Services for the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
When maps and graphics just don't cut it, one way to help a community visualize what a proposed street project will look like is to show them—right there on the street. That's what the Missing Link project is all about. Using all-temporary materials, like potted trees, bike lanes, removable street art, pedestrian bump-outs, street signs and other tricks, a community can spend several weeks "trying out" a design before launching the permanent project.
A rural Waubun man has been charged with three felonies in Becker County District Court for allegedly causing the death of three horses under his care through neglect and starvation. Michael Erwin Dahl, 42, faces three charges of mistreatment—torture of animals. According to court records, on Jan. 24 the White Earth Tribal Police Department was contacted about three dead horses on property near Strawberry Lake Store, on the White Earth Reservation in Becker County.
The White Earth Tribal Police Department is moving towards conducting its own crash investigations, but will continue to rely on the Minnesota State Patrol for fatal accident investigations, said Al Fowler, highway safety officer with the White Earth Tribal Police Department. He was speaking before a group of law enforcement officers, including state troopers, and others, Thursday at the fifth annual regional workshop of the West Central Minnesota Towards Zero Deaths initiative, held at Thumper Pond near Ottertail village.
Want to have fun in retirement? Fahget about Florida, Texas, Arizona, California—Minnesota beats them all in a new ranking of most fun states. Ha! Take that, warm weather states! With summer just around the corner, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2017's Most Fun States in America.
It's nice to be popular. Becker County's new jail bonds may be so popular on the bond market that the county can expect to receive a $200,000 premium for issuing them. Becker County is building a new maximum-security jail on Highway 59 North, near Seaberg Power Sports, and has decided to pay for its new $18 million-plus project through two different bond issuances—one for $10 million now and one for the rest later.
The Kent Freeman Arena was a popular place Saturday morning, with excitement in the air as young bicyclists lined up to get free helmets, get their bicycles adjusted, and steer their bikes through the stations of the annual Bike Rodeo in Detroit Lakes. "We've got about 30 volunteers here," said Jeff Staley, general manager of Detroit Mountain Recreation Area. About 80 kids were expected to pass through the doors during the two-hour event, each accompanied by one or two parents, so it added up to a pretty good sized crowd.
Seems like it's never easy, but the Becker County Board voted 4-1 to approve the construction phase of the runway expansion project at the Detroit Lakes-Becker County Airport on Tuesday. The design phase was approved by a 3-2 vote in August. Commissioners Barry Nelson and Larry Knutson voted against it then, but both supported it this time around.
The former Hartman Hide and Fur warehouse building behind the Arvig office in Detroit Lakes has sold, and the new owner is open to ideas about what to do with it. "We're still trying to assess the opportunities we have with that property and what it's going to take to use the property for some commercial use," said John Hamilton, co-owner of Hamilton Enterprises East, LLC, which bought the building for $60,000. "We're sort of open to suggestions and ideas ... we're looking forward to using input from the community. It's a community building, it's been in the community for years."
It's not easy being a manufacturer these days, with President Trump vowing to eliminate or renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, and House Speaker Paul Ryan pushing for a Border Adjustment Tax on imports. In a nutshell, NAFTA eases trade barriers among the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Border Adjustment Tax, common in other countries, but new to the United States, would stop companies from deducting the cost of imports from their revenue, which now enables them to lower their overall tax burden.