DL News Staff
A White Earth man made his first appearance in Becker County District Court on three charges Wednsday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder set bond at $14,000 against Anthony Villebrun, 27. His next court appearance is April 10. Villebrun is charged with one count each of felony first-degree driving while impaired, felony first-degree DWI-.08 or more and gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation. A Becker County sheriff's deputy arrested Villebrun for alleged erratic driving March 28.
Without many days of practicing actual track and field events, the Detroit Lakes boys' and girls' squads entered the Moorhead Indoor meet at Concordia as a glorified practice. But that didn't mean the Lakers didn't find success, as well as some impressive performances. The DL girls' 4x200 relay teams finished one and two, while junior Jena Hanson made her first appearance in track in two years a golden one, winning the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 9.41.
The National Weather Service forecast calls for an above average risk of spring flooding along the Red River in Minnesota and North Dakota. Saturated soils, the amount of water in the snow-pack and high stream levels have produced a risk of moderate to major flooding in that area. The forecast has prompted the Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) to move to the next phase within the state's emergency planning process. HSEM has moved from monitoring the situation to preparing for the possibility of flooding.
U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.) says Congress must provide some form of earned credit to the illegal aliens now residing in the United States. "You're just not going to evict 11 million people from this country. You'd just have a revolution on your hands.
Though the trial ended weeks ago, TEAM Industries and Edward LaBonte were back in court Friday. Judge Jay Mondry presided over a hearing Friday afternoon to determine whether the age discrimination case LaBonte brought against TEAM last summer deserves a new trial. LaBonte, 62, claimed he was wrongly fired during a round of layoffs in early 2003, in which many of the 32 terminated employees were over the age of 50.
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.