DL News Staff
One of Becker County's oldest businesses is celebrating a birthday Tuesday. Lake Park & Cuba Insurance Company will need 124 candles on the cake when the board of directors holds the annual meeting at the Holiday Inn of Detroit Lakes. The mutual insurance company was founded in 1881, and for years its office was in the basement of a Lake Park residence. But, the company is really much older than that, according to manager-treasurer Ron Berning.
The lakeshores of Minnesota were once dotted with over 4,000 resorts, but today, 25 years later, we're down to a mere 800. This is the story of how a California family made the long strange trip to be the proud owners of the popular Tamarac Resort & Campground on Round Lake. Randy & Sheila Blanford and their children Ryan, Justin and Sarah grew up in the warm weather of Southern California, boating in the blue Pacific waters and camping in the high desert. But after Sheila got hurt at work and Randy's company was going through a second round of layoffs, they decided it was time to pursue
Park Rapids resident Carol Ashley is fairly certain she knows the cause of her sickness, but may never know for sure. Ashley says about once a year, she is bedridden with illness, she believes from drifting pesticides used on fields near her home. But she has been met with resistance when trying to determine exactly what chemicals she's sensitive to. "RDO has been pretty good with me about individual pesticides on individual days," she said.
Nov. 2, 1950-March 28, 2006 Merrill J. Richter, 55, of Lake Park, died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, at his home. Merril John Richter was born to Orville and Bernice (Guenthner) Richter on Nov. 2, 1950 in Hazen, N.D. He was a 1968 graduate of Riverdale (N.D.) High School and attended Wahpeton School of Science at Whapeton, N.D. studying diesel mechanics. Merrill served with the U.S. Marines in Viet Nam, where he earned the Viet Nam Service and Campaign Medals, the National Defense Service Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Feb. 24, 1935-March 29, 2006 Ruth M. Briese, 71, of Detroit Lakes, died at her home on Wednesday, March 29, 2006, under care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Ruth Marilyn Baird was born to Donald and Caroline (Eastman) Baird on Feb. 24, 1935 in Estherville, Iowa. She graduated from St. James High School in 1953 and married Donald Briese on April 10, 1954 in Stillwater, Minn. Until 1955, they lived in Fairmont, Minn., where Ruth was a nurse's aide and Don worked for the Forest Service.
June 20, 1918-March 28, 2006 Harold F. Lenius, 87, of Frazee, died at his home on March 28, 2006, after a short bout with leukemia, while under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Harold Frederick Lenius, son of Albert and Agartha (Flatau) Lenius, was born June 20, 1918 in Perham. He grew up and attended school in Hobart Township, Ottertail County. Harold farmed with his parents until 1947, then spent one year in California, returning to the Frazee area in 1948. On Oct. 24, 1949 he married Mathilda (Tillie) Reyelts near Frazee.
Cheers to Rep. Frank Moe, DFL-Bemidji, who is sponsoring a bill to protect native wild rice. The issue is important to the Minnesota Chippewa tribe, including the White Earth Band.
It caught my attention last week when I read that North Dakota State University has been selected by the Department of Defense to offer a master's degree in military logistics. No other college or university in the country will have this program. The efficient application of logistics has been essential to military success ever since battles were fought on the backs of camels, horses and mules. The last push to victory in Europe in World War II started months and months before D-Day on June 6, 1944.
A White Earth man was sentenced on two felony charges in Becker County District Court Thursday. District Judge Jack Pearson issued concurrent sentences against Wilmar Hanks, 33, for second-degree assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charges stemmed from an Oct. 1, 2005, shooting in White Earth. A court trial is pending against a second individual who allegedly fired a single round from a rifle at a man.
An Osage woman was sentenced on two felony charges in Becker County District Court March 20. District Judge John Pearson stayed imposition of a prison sentence against Mona Gjerde, 37, of 41858 Highway 34. Gjerde was charged with two separate counts of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. Gjerde must serve 90 days in jail with credit for time served, was fined $1,174 and placed on supervised probation for up to five years. Gjerde was arrested July 23, 2005, in Detroit Lakes after a police officer found .4 grams of methamphetamine in her possession.