DL News Staff
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for June 23, sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. Rain is spotty in the northwest this year, and many farmers are hoping for more soon. Many birders are also hoping for more rain to create and nourish the wetland habitat. Few of the temporary wetlands exist this year. The best part so far is that the mosquitoes are much less of a problem when birding.
A felony complaint was filed against a Detroit Lakes man in Becker County District Court Friday. Barry Michaud, 33, of 525 Washington Avenue, is accused of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, stemming from a June 13 incident in Detroit Lakes. According to the court complaint, Detroit Lakes police responded to an alleged domestic disturbance between Michaud and a woman, who subsequently denied there had been a physical altercation. When Michaud opened his wallet, an officer allegedly saw pills inside a cellophane wrapper.
A Waubun man was sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge Monday. District Judge Waldemar Senyk stayed execution of a 42-month prison sentence against Michael VanWert, 27, of 36933 County Highway 21, for first-degree driving while impaired. VanWert must serve 180 days in jail with credit for time served, was fined $1,587 and placed on supervised probation for up to seven years. VanWert was arrested and charged April 14. He tested .28 for alcohol.
A Detroit Lakes man was sentenced on a felony charge in Becker County District court Friday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder stayed execution of a 19-month prison sentence against Shane Newman, 31, of 912 Minnesota Avenue, for offering a forged check. Newman was credited for time served, fined $877, must make restitution of $1,955.55 and be on supervised probation for up to five years. According to the court complaint, Newman passed a number of forged checks to local businesses between December 2005 and January 2006. Newman was convicted in 2002 and 2003 of felony check forgery.
A Frazee man was sentenced on two felony charges Monday in Becker County District Court. District Judge Waldemar Senyk issued concurrent stayed sentences of 12- and 15-months in prison against Ryan Dibley, 20, of 29395 130th Street. Dibley must serve six months in jail with credit for time served, was fined $1,174, must make restitution of $157.90 and was placed on supervised probation for up to five years. Dibley was charged with third-degree burglary, stemming from separate incidents in 2005.
A Champlain, Minn., woman was sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge Monday. District Judge Waldemar Senyk stayed adjudication of sentence against Rachel Fairbanks, 23, of 13430 Yorktown Lane, for second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. Fairbanks must serve 90 days in jail with credit for time served, was fined $500 and must be on supervised probation for up to seven years. Fairbanks stabbed a man in the chest with a knife at a Detroit Lakes residence March 28.
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A Lake Park man received a stay of imposition during sentencing on two charges in Becker County District Court Monday. District Judge Waldemar Senyk credited Kyle Rusness, 22, of 14035 Cha-Lisa Road for 47 days already served. Rusness was fined $1,474 and ordered to make restitution of $755. Rusness was charged with felony motor vehicle theft and misdemeanor driving after revocation for an April 4 incident. Rusness took the vehicle owned by his Minneapolis roommate, who had parked it at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. He then left a note at the apartment stating he took the vehicle.
A Lake Park man was sentenced on a felony charge in Becker County District Court Friday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder stayed execution of a 12-month prison sentence against Harley Pyle, 30, of 19001 160th Avenue, for first-degree intent to manufacture methamphetamine. Pyle must serve six months in jail with credit for time served, was fined $2,215 and was placed on supervised probation for up to 10 years. Becker County law enforcement searched an undisclosed residence after the property owners discovered a methamphetamine lab April 1, 2004.
Myvesta finds the average amount of credit card debt carried by individuals has declined by 11.4 percent. The average American carries $2,328 in credit card debt, down from $2,627 in 2004.