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As a follow-up to its Legislative Candidate Forum for Senate District 4 (DFLer Kent Eken vs. Republican James Leiman) the Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters asked the candidates questions about health insurance, rural broadband access, jobs and collaboration and compromise. Here's where they stand on those issues:
A Moorhead man was injured Tuesday after his car rear-ended a semi and caught fire on Highway 10 in Lake Park. James H. Stenerson, 86, of Moorhead suffered non-life threatening...
Welcome to Campaign Hell. Whether it's TV ads or mailers delivered by the handful, area legislative campaigns have gone negative in a big way this election season, mostly due to right-leaning political action committees in the Twin Cities. Longtime Rep. Paul Marquart, a DFLer from Dilworth, says this is the worst campaign climate he's seen.
The city of Audubon stands to make some risk-free money off a wind turbine-solar energy project that will be built on city land in June. The city will earn $18,000 a year by leasing the land on which the project will be located. It may earn more by contracting for routine maintenance work at the project site. And the city's economic development authority will earn a flat $50,000 for sponsoring the $10 million project, which will be paid for by investors motivated by federal energy tax credits.
A Valley City, N.D., woman was injured in a rollover accident Tuesday evening near Buffalo River State Park. Katherine M. Middlestead, 33, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol. She was taken to Sanford hospital in Fargo. She was not wearing a seatbelt. A passenger in her 1998 Ford Expedition, Benjerman R. Klimpel, 31, of Valley City, suffered no apparent injuries. He was wearing a seat belt. The Expedition was totaled.
Bonds issued by Becker County now have a AA rating from Standard and Poors, the rating company's second highest bond rating. County Administrator Jack Ingstad says that speaks to the county having a "very strong" capacity to meet its financial commitments. At the close of 2015, the county's most recently released audit reports a combined ending fund balance of more than $25 million, an increase of about $470,000. "The increase was due to conservative budget practices in both revenues and expenditures," said Ingstad.
Rep. Paul Marquart wants law enforcement officers to know that the state is behind them all the way. Marquart says his No. 1 priority is "keeping our communities safe, and with that is providing strong support and resources to our law enforcement officers so they can protect our communities and protect themselves." Marquart says he gets upset at law enforcement officers being constantly disrespected and second-guessed.
Becker County Commissioner Ben Grimsley is gunning for Paul Marquart's seat in the Minnesota House. Grimsley, 29, is a sixth-generation resident of Detroit Lakes, where he was born and educated. He earned a bachelor's degree in business finance from Minnesota State University Moorhead. His top priority if elected is "to make health insurance more affordable and actually work," he said. "We had 93 percent coverage and now it is closer to 96 percent, but the insurance many people are paying for isn't even fit to be called insurance."
Are immigrants a threat or a boon to rural Minnesota? And what can be done to help newcomers assimilate? At a forum Thursday in Detroit Lakes, candidates were asked about diversity and immigration. A key element is education, said Rep. Paul Marquart, a DFLer from Dilworth "It starts with education," he said. "A very strong system is needed from pre-kindergarten through college—Minnesota has always done a good job of bringing people together and teaching them to succeed."
Republican legislative candidates did their best to bloody DFLers over the skyrocketing cost of insurance on MNsure, the state's online health insurance exchange, at a forum Thursday in Detroit Lakes. "Don't let the incumbents get away with this," said James Leiman, the Ada city administrator running against DFLer Kent Eken for a Senate seat. "It's MNsure and the Affordable Care Act — we've created our own supply and demand paradigm ... we need to get rid of MNsure at once and join the federal exchange."