Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Chancellor Visits CLC

Dr. Steven Rosenstone, the new chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system will visit Central Lakes College, Brainerd and Staples, on Thursday, June 9.

He will be on the Brainerd campus to meet with CLC President Dr. Larry Lundblad at 10:30 a.m. and attend a luncheon meeting with the CLC Regional Advisory Committee and others at 11:30 a.m., then touring the campus from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

He is scheduled to meet with Staples community leaders from 2:30-3:30 p.m. before touring the main and west campuses of the Staples campus plus the Agriculture and Energy Center.

Chancellor Rosenstone was vice president for scholarly and cultural affairs at the University of Minnesota. He went to the university in 1996 to serve as dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Under his leadership, the college revamped the undergraduate experience, created state-of-the-art facilities and forged new partnerships with businesses, communities, cultural and civic organizations.

Before going to the University of Minnesota, Rosenstone was a professor of political science at Yale University and the University of Michigan. He is the author of four books and numerous scholarly articles on elections, political participation, and the challenges facing higher education.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Teeth Added to Invasive Species Law

The Aquatic Invasive Species Act has become law in Minnesota.  The law will result in more thorough watercraft inspections and stronger regulations to prohibit the transportation of invasive species.

Area DNR Conservation Officer Nikki Shoutz tells KLKS News, the law is meant to further restrict the potential spread of invasives such as zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil and other aquatic invasive species.

DNR will add new authorized inspectors to ensure compliance with invasive species laws. And those laws now cover more than just watercraft and trailers. Docks, lifts, rafts, trailers, livewells, bait containers and other water-hauling equipment capable of transporting aquatic invasive species are addressed in the new regulations.

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C.W. Detox to Move to Jail Wing

Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl says his department is looking at innovative ways to deal with budget constraints. 

The county's top cop says the Detox Center will be closed for a period of time, and the program will take over a wing of the county jail. 

Minnesota's Houston County has just built a new jail.  However, Commissioners are thinking about not opening it to save money. 

Sheriff Dahl tells KLKS News, they are not looking at finding more prisoners to bring to town, but they are looking for new sources of revenue since federal funding has been cut.

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Weekend Cycle Accident Claims G.V. Man

A motorcycle accident on County Road 8, just south of County Road 108 in Crow Wing County has taken the life of a 65-year-old Golden Valley man.  The accident happened around 5 p.m. Saturday.

The rider was part of a motorcycle club from the Twin Cities who were riding in the Brainerd lakes area.

The group was traveling south bound on County Road 8 when the motorcycle left the road and rolled several times. He was not wearing a helmet.

The name is being held pending notification of family.

The accident is currently under investigation by the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office.
North Ambulance, North Aircare, State Patrol, DNR and the Brainerd Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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