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Looking back: News from 2006

Detroit Lakes and Becker County saw a few major stories in 2006. Here are a few of the headlines from main stories throughout the year, taken from the Becker County Record and Detroit Lakes Tribune.


Becker County Commissioner Karen Mulari is elected chairwoman, and Commissioner Barry Nelson is elected vice chairman.

Freelance assessors contracting with townships in Becker County are no longer able to assess themselves or their immediate relatives.

Guy Fischer becomes Becker County's new housing and economic development coordinator.

The Boys and Girls Club opens thrift store.

The Osage school becomes a condo.


Detroit Lakes Superintendent Lowell Niklaus submits his letter of resignation.

County Auditor Keith Brekken announces his intent to retire. County ponders consolidating auditor and treasurer positions.

Approximately 3,000 turkeys die in fire at New Life Farms, Frazee.

The Frazee wrestling team sends 10 wrestlers to the upcoming state tournament.

County and city propose a downtown parking ramp.


County board and city council approve support of airport runway expansion.

Four Detroit Lakes gymnasts qualify individually for the state meet -- Whitney Walter, Meggie McCauley, Annelise Thorsgard and Bre Halbur. Walter takes third on bars, and Thorsgard takes fourth on vault.

Detroit Lakes sends four -- Justin Horne, Brent Eidenschink, Jon Tolbert and Mike Griffin -- wrestlers to state.

Henrik Bewarder becomes DLHS's first-ever state champion in swimming.

DL School District business manager Dick Lundeen announces submits his retirement resignation effective Sept. 30.

County board votes to merge auditor and treasurer positions.

Minnesota National Guard troops, now at Camp Shelby, leave for Iraq.

Norby's Department Store celebrates 100 years.

Mark Adams is hired as superintendent of DL Schools.


Mike Daly, DL head boys' swimming and diving coach, retires after 20 years.

Lake Park-Audubon Schools hire an architect to address facility needs.

Linda Livingston Wiedewitsch retires as DL Police Department investigator.

Highway 10 realignment work begins.

Judge William Walker retires.


Postal Service proposes a forever stamp.

DLHS boys' golf team wins 14th straight Mid-State Conference championship, and Mike Brodsho takes an individual title with 74. Boys take second at sections, and Brodsho advances to state.

DLHS girls' golf lands fourth consecutive Mid-State Conference title, and Christine Herzog takes medallist honors. Girls advance for first time ever to state meet.

Lake Park City Council holds a disciplinary hearing on police chief Tim Hoag, who was sentenced earlier for a DUI.

DL Chamber moves to new office.


Refurbished DL Pavilion opens.

Humane Society breaks ground for new facility.

Terry Tibbetts, Bud Heisler and Rene Auginaush win White Earth Tribal elections.

DLHS's Hanna Grinaker finishes third in Class 2A state 3,200-meter run.

Frazee's Drew Daggett earns second in high jump and third in 110-meter hurdles at Class 1A state track meet.

Lake Park-Audubon's Toni Tollefson takes second in high jump, and Ashley Tingelstad took top places in 400 and 200 events in the Class 1A state track meet.

DL police dog, Chase, dies.

DL girls' golf team earns state golf meet for first time.


Detroit Lakes graduate Troy Linden is killed in Iraq.

DL softball team enters Minnesota State Softball Tournament as champs.

NHL's Stanley Cup makes an appearance in Detroit Lakes.


Kane Hanson wins Pine to Palm.

County rejects 70-mile ATV trail.

DLHS graduate Kelly Heyer dies in plane crash.

Unauthorized wall at River Hills RV Park comes to light.


Sucker Creek Preserve opens.

Dent man, Joshua Hanson, dies in Iraq.

DL Superintendent Mark Adams is involved in an assault incident.


Stu Omberg takes over for Arlen Kangas as CEO of Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center.

Joseph Duncan pleads guilty to three counts murder and kidnapping in plea agreement.

Cormorant Inn approved for a liquor license.


Community band gives first concert.

Discussion of amateur baseball Angels returns to Detroit Lakes.

Jon Bellefeuille wins county commissioner position, Tim Gordon re-elected as sheriff, and Ryan Tangen elected first county auditor-treasurer. Walt Tollefson and Matt Brenk are re-elected to at-large seats on DL council, and Hank Ludtke is elected Frazee mayor.

Detroit Lakes girls' swimming and diving team wins section title for first time; sends seven to state Class 1A meet. Karena King and Melissa Paakh have top eight-finishes in three combined events, with Paakh recording a DLHS best fourth place in the 100-yard butterfly.

DL basketball's Hallie Hoganson hits 1,000 points.

Eagle Lake campground approved.


Community Center celebrates five years.

Tea Cracker development plans are denied.

DL Street Commissioner Roy Estes retires after 20 years.