DL News Staff
Friday, Sept. 16 At 6:56 a.m. the Detroit Lakes Fire Department responded to a power line that caught fire on the 21000 block of Highway 21 near Sunlite Bar. The fire department was on the scene for about 12 minutes. At 7:33 a.m. a caller reported property damage done on the 20000 block of County Road 29, where several mailboxes were reportedly knocked over. At 9:33 a.m. a caller reported 11 chickens had been killed by a ranch mink on the 24000 block of County Road 32.
Rep. Steve Green, R-Fosston, has received the Guardian of Small Business Award from the state's largest small-business group in terms of entities, the National Federation of Independent Business Minnesota. NFIB issues its Guardian of Small Business award at both the federal and state level to recognize legislators who have been supportive of small business on critical issues. Green said his background in small business allows him to understand the challenges entrepreneurs face in Minnesota.
Licensed Psychologist Susan Welnel has joined the Behavioral Health Department at the Essentia Health St. Mary's-Detroit Lakes Clinic. As part of this team of caregivers, Welnel will provide evaluation of mental health symptoms and counseling for adults and adolescent girls, ages 15-18. "I really think this field chose me," says Welnel. "While I was in college I became increasingly curious about human behavior and, after nearly 10 years of caring for patients, I still find this work to be very fulfilling."
Detroit Lakes Public Schools will be joining schools around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. This is the seventh year the area schools have participated in the event. Approximately 2,500 students and parents will walk at school the week of October 3-7, most walking at school after they arrive on Wednesday, October 5. Parents who drive their children to school are also encouraged to drop them off 2-3 blocks away from school and walk with their children to school.
A man driving a pickup truck was killed in a head-on collision with a semi tractor-trailer rig Tuesday morning on Becker County Road 2. The man's name and other details are being withheld pending notification of relatives. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to a news release from the Becker County Sheriff's Office. The crash occurred about 7:28 a.m. when the pickup truck went into the oncoming traffic lane and collided with the semi, driven by Shane Egge of Barnesville, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 2.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.15/gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.20/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Friday, Sept. 9 At 9:13 a.m. a caller reported the theft of several items from a residence on the 34000 block of Borah Road in Detroit Lakes. At 4:03 p.m. a caller reported the theft of a tablet computer from the 25000 block of Bear Clan Drive in White Earth. At 4:55 p.m. a caller reported someone had run over and busted a skateboard, which had a value of $15, near the All in All gas station in Frazee. At 7 p.m. a caller reported the theft of an ATV from the 300 block of Plover Street in Audubon.
Just before 11 pm Thursday night the Becker County Sheriff's Office received a report of an accident involving a train and a vehicle. An investigation revealed a 2016 Ford truck was northbound on Second Street in Lake Park when it struck and went over the bridge above the Burlington Northern Railroad. The truck came to rest near the railroad tracks and we then hit by a piece of the bridge guard rail, which had landed on the tracks.
Dr. Kavya Koppula, a family medicine physician, has joined the Essentia Health-Park Rapids Clinic in Park Rapids, Minn. "As a family physician I like the fact that I'm able to help people of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics," says Dr. Koppula. "The best part about my practice is that I have the opportunity to promote preventive care by educating my patients about maintaining a healthy lifestyle."
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is accepting requests for proposals for competitive grant programs designed to increase economic opportunities for people of color, women, youth, people with disabilities and/or veterans. The new competitive programs are part of $35 million in equity funding that was approved by the Minnesota legislature and signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton in June. The goal of the funding is to address economic disparities and to make Minnesota a state where the economy works for everyone.