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Spring is here, but the maple trees don’t believe it — the sap isn’t running yet. What with the deep snow and the lingering winter temperatures, it’s been a tough year so far for maple syrup producers in the area. “Last year we were done at this time, we’d pulled all our equipment,” said Jerry Jacobson, who taps about 2,000 trees on 120 acres near Vergas. “This year we don’t even have a drip in the bucket,” he said on Tuesday.
It’s pothole season again — time for motorists to dance around those jarring annoyances, and hope there’s not one hidden under that puddle in the road. “We were out on Monday doing cold patches, and we were out doing hot patches Tuesday and Wednesday — they last longer,” said Jona Jacobson, maintenance supervisor for the Becker County Highway Department. The cold patches are used “in the dead of winter” and dumped in the pot hole and left there. The hot mix bonds better with the pavement, but requires warmer temperatures.
The increase in number and severity of child protection cases in Becker County is taking a toll on child protection workers. The county is starting to see higher turnover among child protection social workers. High turnover in that area is something other counties have long dealt with. Human Services Director Nancy Nelson said it is typical of most county social service agencies to see new, inexperienced social workers take the child protection cases — and as they become more experienced, move to another job.
With Democrats in control of the Minnesota Legislature and governor’s chair, talking budget and taxes was almost a pleasure for Rep. Paul Marquart and Sen. Kent Eken, both DFLers. After all, not too long ago they were in the minority in a Republican-controlled Legislature, trying to fend off constitutional initiatives on gay marriage and absentee voting — and watching established programs like the Homestead Tax Credit come to an inglorious end.
Fifty years ago the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Gideon vs. Wainwright decision guaranteed a state-paid lawyer for people facing prison time who can’t afford a private attorney. The Minnesota public defender system has come a long way since then, but things were not as bad pre-Gideon as you might think — and the current condition of Minnesota’s public defender system is not as rosy as many believe. Minnesota out front Minnesota has a long history of trying to ensure a fair trial for the indigent.
The City of Detroit Lakes Public Works Department will be removing snow tonight, Thursday, March 21, starting just after midnight on the following streets:
To the Anishinaabe, the drum has always been more than a simple musical instrument. It has a spirit of its own, and is to be kept warm, protected and treated with respect. The drum is the heartbeat of the spirit, the leader of the people, and its vibrations connect people to each other and to every living thing, backward and forward in time, and out into the universe.
Like any other art form, cake decorating reveals the personality of the artist: That’s especially true of recent award-winners from the Central Market cake department. The cake shaped like an attractive fanged young woman with bat wings, perched on the head of a dragon, was created by Roxanne Carr, who has a bit of a dark side. It won a gold medal in the Upper Midwest Bakery Association cake decorating contest, held recently at the Treasure Island Casino in Red Wing.
X By: Forum staff reports , INFORUM FARGO – A blizzard warning is still in effect until this evening for much of eastern North Dakota and west-central Minnesota, with snow and blowing snow creating hazardous driving conditions this morning. The National Weather Service predicted strong northwest winds, with gusts up to 45 mph, and snow continuing through the morning hours, gradually ending west to east this afternoon.
With spring and open water approaching fast, Becker County is moving forward on getting an aquatic invasive species expert on the job. On Tuesday, the county board agreed to put out a request for qualifications, which will allow the county to negotiate with a firm or individual, once it’s been established they are qualified to do the job. The county is hoping to partner with the City of Detroit Lakes or the Pelican River Watershed District on the position.