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Headline Chad Dickey is no ordinary trucker. Before he was part of Tony’s Transfer in Wadena, he was a defense contractor in Afghanistan and Iraq. Before that, he was a Green Beret, with over 20 years’ worth of military experience. His career highlights include working as an analyst to help take down Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in the 1980s.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota senators approved 39-28 a health insurance marketplace along party lines this morning, leaving only Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature as the final step. Dayton is expected to sign the measure that would give Minnesotans a mostly Web-based place to buy health insurance, as required by federal law. If Minnesota does not establish its marketplace, also known as an exchange, the federal government will. Republicans opposed the marketplace in the Senate, as they did when the House approved it 72-61 early Friday.
A rollover on Thursday afternoon on County Road 10 between Frazee and Highway 10 resulted in minor injuries to a Frazee man. John Wayne Dermody, 73, was hurt when his white sedan left the roadway and rolled. He was alone in the vehicle. The accident was reported just before 5 p.m.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol reopened three roadways in west central Minnesota at 5 p.m. Monday. The highways include:
As kids, a lot of people dream about spending their lives at Walt Disney World. But as adults, very few get to actually do it. Tara Steuber Wilson is one of the lucky ones. After graduating from Perham High School in 2002, Tara got back-to-back bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, all in mathematics. While all that studying may have earned her a nice, fun, relaxing vacation to Disney World, she ended up there for a completely different reason – her career.
A total of 63 teenagers were served by the Chemical Awareness Program in Otter Tail County in 2012 – that’s up from the 58 served in 2011, and the 52 served the year before that. The program was established several years ago in response to significant juvenile alcohol and drug related offenses. Today, the program is proving to be as needed as ever. County Probation Director Chuck Kitzman recently discussed the program with county commissioners during an overview of the probation department’s annual report.
When Kayla Smith’s mother, Gaylene, died of colon cancer two and a half years ago, Smith vowed to hold three fundraisers in her mother’s honor, benefiting the three organizations that helped her family out most. The first two years, Smith raised money for Hospice of the Red River Valley and the Roger Maris Cancer Center. This year, the money will be going to the Jack and Jill Foundation. “It’s Make A Wish for adults,” she said.
An appeal filed in court, along with the discovery of zebra mussel veligers, have put plans for a Ditch 25 outlet on indefinite hold. The appeal, filed in January by an attorney for the McDonald Lake Association, contends that the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners acted in an “arbitrary, unlawful and unsupported nature” in its approval of the proposed outlet. It asks the court to remand the board’s approval, which could essentially bring the project back to square one.
The two Muslim exchange students who were recently asked to leave a program at Northwoods Assembly of God Church will be meeting with the pastor there later this week. The recent developments at Northwoods regarding guest speaker Walid Shoebat and the students has created a debate that is reaching the national scene, with accusations and criticism coming from all sides.
Where is this? This photo shows a streetscape in the days of horses and buggies. What street is it, in what town? Bonus question: The History Museum would also like to know what year the photo was taken. Congratulations to Trisha Johnson, who was the first person to correctly answer last week’s history mystery photo. The answer was Zorbaz.