DL News Staff
The Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds everyone, including commercial snow removal operators, that it is illegal to deposit snow, in any fashion, onto a public roadway. Minnesota Statute 160.27 and many local ordinances prohibit the plowing, blowing, shoveling or otherwise placing of snow from sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots onto public roadways.
A Detroit Lakes man was sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge Feb. 3. District Judge Waldemar Senyk stayed execution of a 33-month prison sentence against Joshua Caron, 26, of 31950 Southwest Pickerel Lake Road, for third-degree possession of a controlled substance. Caron was placed on supervised probation for up to 20 years, given credit for 50 days served and fined $1,087. Caron was arrested in Detroit Lakes on Nov. 3, 2005, following a traffic stop for possession of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
A felony complaint was filed against a Detroit Lakes woman in Becker County District Court Friday. Ashli Salzwedel, 19, of 13353 Fairhaven Lane, is accused of financial transaction card fraud. Her first court appearance is Feb. 27. According to the criminal complaint, Salzwedel allegedly used another person's electronic bank transaction card to withdraw $200 from that person's bank account on Dec. 7, 2005, and then pay for purchases of $190.45 at a Detroit Lakes store on Dec. 8, 2005. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
A Rochert man made his first appearance on a felony charge in Becker County District Court Friday. District Judge Spencer Sokolowski set bond at $2,000 against Matthew Torgerson, 31, of 37855 SW HOL Drive. His next court appearance is Feb. 27. Torgerson is charged with fleeing a police officer, stemming from a Wednesday-Thursday incident on Highway 34 east of Detroit Lakes. According to a criminal complaint, Torgerson was allegedly passing vehicles on Highway 34 when he pulled up alongside a Becker County sheriff's deputy's squad car in the late hours of Wednesday.
June 2, 1937-Jan. 25, 2006 Donald "Duckhead" Bellanger, 68, of Waubun, died Wednesday, January 25, 2006, at Innovis Hospital in Fargo. Donald Wayne Bellanger was born to Frank and Grayce (McDonnell) Bellanger on June 2, 1937, at their home in Beaulieu, Minn., where he attended grade school. He went on to attend high school in Mahnomen until 1955, when he started working in road construction. Donald worked mostly as a heavy equipment machine operator until his retirement in 1999. During the 1960s, he worked on the Minute Man missile sites in North Dakota.
By JEANIE JOPPRU This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Feb. 3, sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. The mild weather continued this week in the northwest -- a little snow fell gently one or two days, just enough to keep everything white. Road conditions may be a bit messy on the weekend as we had a snowfall on Thursday, and secondary roads require caution. From Otter Tail County Jan. 27-28, Jeff and Amy Drake reported a pied-billed grebe in downtown Fergus Falls.
Donations totaling $18,800 for various causes including assisting tribal members of the armed forces, holding Christmas parties for seniors, and purchasing Christmas gifts for children in foster care were provided by the Mi-gi-mi-gi-way-win Advisory Board of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indians in November. A check was presented for the Third Annual White Earth Reservation Elders' Christmas Party held at Naytahwaush Sports Complex on Dec. 2. More than 200 elders attended; each of their households received a free turkey.
Concordia Language Villages is offering an adult German language, cultural and arts of the German-speaking countries. Join others for "Germany, Austria and Switzerland in Minnesota: Almost Like Being There!" the German language is the major focus of the week, with activities and classes designed to benefit participants ranging from beginners to fluent speakers. Small group language classes complement the large group instruction. Staff will communicate largely in the language.
50 Years ago Feb. 10, 1956 -- In a one-sided vote, Consumers Gas Co. received a franchise to distribute gas in Detroit Lakes through a system of mains. The vote was 659 for and 78 against. Steps taken in Detroit Lakes this week were seen as preliminary action by the state fire marshal's office condemning the old Lewis Hotel, a landmark here for years. The on-again-off-again trip of the Detroit Lakes High School debate team to the debate festival is currently off-again.
Otter Tail Power Company reminds outdoor enthusiasts to use caution in areas where last November's storm left electrical line debris frozen, and probably covered with snow, in road ditches. Snowmobilers and ATV riders need to be aware of the possibility of these hazards in public rights-of-way and, better yet, to avoid these storm damage areas. Please talk to your kids about the dangers and to your neighbors, relatives, and friends. "Riders really need to be alert in areas affected by the storm," says Otter Tail Power Company's Manager of Safety Services Steve Wevley.