DL News Staff
ATWATER -- An Atwater family played host to some unlikely visitors Friday after a storm knocked some feathered fledglings from their nest. A nest that had become the annual residence for a pair of bald eagles was destroyed Thursday when storms rolled through the area and blew over the tree the nest was built in. But what fell with the tree was unexpected -- two eaglets. Virgil Nelson, who lives near where the nest was built, and one of his neighbors found the eaglets Friday not far from the fallen tree.
A Moorhead woman was sentenced on a felony charge in Becker County District Court Thursday. District Judge John Pearson stayed execution of a 17-month prison sentence against Daisy Draack, 24, of 1915 Main Avenue, for check forgery. Draack must serve 90 days in jail with credit for time served, was fined $575 and must make restitution of $5,018.77. Draack issued a number of forged checks to area businesses in 2005, totaling $5,018.77, according to court records.
An Ogema man was sentenced on a felony charge in Becker County District Court Friday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder stayed imposition of a jail sentence against Russell Hanson, 44, for fraudulently obtaining unemployment insurance. Hanson was fined $135, must make restitution of $5,593 and was placed on supervised probation for up to 10 years. According to court records, Hanson received $5,593 in unemployment benefits between May and August 2004, while also employed during that same time period.
Detroit Lakes' sixth annual Street Faire at the Lakes concludes today (Sunday). An event that combines art, food and shopping, the annual get together is held along Washington Avenue in downtown Detroit Lakes, and features over 120 booths. In addition to its many artisan booths, the Street Fair at the Lakes also offers up a smorgasbord of food and entertainment. The Street Faire at the Lakes has free admission and will be open today from 10 a..m.-5 p.m., along Detroit Lakes' Washington Avenue in the downtown area.
Senator Cal Larson (R-Fergus Falls) and Representative Dean Simpson (R-New York Mills) have announced that the Ottertail River will be eligible to receive funding to mark canoe and boating routes. The provision was passed by both the Senate and the House as part of the supplemental budget bill. The Legislature appropriated $130,000 from the DNR Water Recreation Account for the purpose of marking routes, river accesses, points of interest and camp sites, as well as alert canoers and tubers of any serious hazards.
The Center for Rural Policy & Development announced today the creation and release of a new web-based data and information tool called the Atlas of Minnesota-Online.
50 Years ago June 6, 1956 -- Several hundred Detroit Lakes high school students were honored at the traditional Awards Day program. Two top winners were Donna Scharske and Mary Jo Johnson, who each received $250 from the DL Scholarship Foundation. Mrs. Flora Connell, Becker County clerk of court for the past nine years, will not be a candidate for re-election this year. She filled the unexpired term of her husband, the late C.B.
A Detroit Lakes man was sentenced to prison on a felony charge in Becker County District Court Thursday. District Judge John Pearson ordered BJ Englund, 22, of 312 East Main, serve 24 months in prison with credit for time served and was fined $137. Englund was charged with violation of the sex offender registration law, for not registering where he was residing in 2004. Englund was convicted in 1996 of felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
A White Earth man received concurrent prison sentences in Becker County District Court for two felonies Thursday. District Judge John Pearson ordered Cody Eaglefeather, 23, of 36637 Martin Drive, serve 60 months in prison for two separate counts of felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Eaglefeather was fined $274 and given credit for time already served. One of the charges occurred on Sept. 26, 2005, when police found a .25-caliber handgun in a vehicle that Eaglefeather had used without permission.
A Becker County mother and son are each charged with 35 felony counts stemming from mailbox thefts in 2005. Charges were filed Wednesday in Becker County District Court against Sherry Bunnis, 44, of 719 Richwood Road, and Justin Feldt, 25, of 21688 County Highway 37, both of Detroit Lakes. They are each charged with 35 counts of mail theft.