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The voters in the Detroit Lakes School District have spoken, and they said 'no', failing the $59 million school bond referendum that was up for vote today. Although the absentee ballots are still out as of 9:20 p.m., they would not be able to make up the difference as the margin was significant - 1,703 votes for no, 1239 yes.
FARGO – A Fargo man was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for murdering his wife in a case in which he initially tried to convince authorities she committed suicide. In handing down the sentence to Ronald William Rogers Jr, Cass County District Court Judge Lisa Fair McEvers told Rogers that the life of his wife, Elizabeth, was worth more than the 25-year sentence the prosecution had requested. Rogers’ attorney, Ross Brandborg, had requested 17 years. Under state law, Rogers must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence, or about 25½ years, before he is eligible for parole. Mc
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – The attorney for the man charged with killing his cousin over a drug debt in Otter Tail County wants more time to review the case. Michael Kyle Burris’ father, 65-year-old Michael Alan Burris, is also charged in the case and was arrested in Arizona with his son on Aug. 12. The senior Burris did not waive extradition.
WILLMAR — After months of stalemate over a new five-year extension of the farm bill, 7th District Congressman Collin Peterson is optimistic that a House and Senate conference committee will hammer out the differences and bring a bill to a vote. He believes votes could be held in both chambers by Thanksgiving. “I can kind of see where the end thing is, but they have to work this out,’’ said Peterson, a Democrat
The 11 survivors of a midair collision above Superior on Saturday evening took to the sky again Sunday, en route to New York City and a likely appearance this morning on national television. They’re set to appear on NBC’s “Today” show and plan to tell the harrowing story of a skydiving outing gone wrong.
ST. PAUL -- Conservative groups and Republican legislators are taking Minnesota Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to court over an online voter registration system he launched. They say Ritchie exceeded his constitutional authority. Their attorney, Erick Kaardal of Minneapolis, called the secretary “a serial violator of the Constitution,” referring to lawsuits that resulted in the Minnesota Supreme Court saying he improperly renamed two proposed constitutional amendments last year. Rep.
BADGER, Minn. – An area turkey and his alternate will head to the White House for the national Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony this year. But it’s up to the Burkel family to decide which two. John Burkel, a turkey farmer here, is the National Turkey Federation’s 2013 chairman. “We took 80 turkeys out of that flock we placed in July, and we worked with that 80 to start with for about three or four weeks,” Burkel said.
It’s go-time for voters in the Detroit Lakes School District, as polls open Tuesday for a special school building bond referendum. The $59 million plan will provide for a new K-3 elementary school, as well as a lengthy list of district-wide building improvements. This is the only issue on the ballot, and it will be decided by a simple majority. Once the polls close at 8 p.m.
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson and state Sen. Julianne Ortman easily won straw polls for Minnesota Governor and U.S. Senate during Saturday’s Republican State Central Committee meeting in Blaine. Johnson, a Detroit Lakes native and former state representative, finished the nonbinding poll with 35 percent, ahead of state Sen. Dave Thompson of Lakeville in second with 27 percent. They are among Republicans looking to beat Democratic Gov.