DL News Staff
Bell State Bank & Trust will shorten its name in August to Bell Bank, simplifying the brand while retaining the familiar "trees" logo. "This transition represents another significant milestone in our company's mission and growth," said Michael Solberg, president and CEO of the independently owned, Fargo-based company. "Particularly as we expand in new markets and new lines of financial business, it is time to simplify and unify the Bell brand."
Sue Sorensen recently joined Hospice of the Red River Valley as a community relations specialist. In this role, Sorensen fosters relationships and engages with health care professionals, facilities and community organizations to educate them on the services and benefits provided by Hospice of the Red River Valley. She is based in Detroit Lakes and serves a multi-county region in west central Minnesota. Sorensen has worked in the healthcare field in the Detroit Lakes area for 28 years and is a graduate of Mankato State University. About Hospice of the Red River Valley
With the new school year right around the corner, the Minnesota Department of Revenue is reminding parents that most school supplies could qualify for valuable K-12 tax benefits on their 2016 Minnesota return. "Parents spend more money than ever on school supplies as school lists grow longer and technology needs increase," said Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly. "Keeping the receipts for these purchases can help parents save when it comes time to file taxes."
An unvaccinated horse in Winthrop, Minnesota, has tested positive for West Nile Virus and is severely ill. The 1.5-year-old Friesian stallion has been unable to stand for a week and is receiving supportive care. This is the first confirmed case of 2016 affecting a Minnesota horse. West Nile Virus is regularly found in the United States, and birds serve as the primary host of the disease. Infected mosquitoes can transmit the virus from birds and then carry it to horses or people.
Placement of campaign and other advertising signage on any highway rights of way is not allowed under state law, reminds the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
-Protect pumpkins, gourds and winter squash from early frost with old sheets or blankets if temperatures are expected to drop below 30 degrees. -Seal cracks and openings with weather stripping or caulk to exclude bats from your house and provide enough time for them to find a new winter hibernation site.
Just after 6 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 26) a Callaway officer attempted a traffic stop on Highway 59, just south of Ogema. The person in the vehicle, William Liptak, 23, from Dolton, Illinois, fled from the scene in his vehicle, southbound on Highway 59. A pursuit ensued with speeds reaching up to 120 miles per hour. According to reports, officers deployed stop sticks north of Detroit Lakes, causing tires to deflate, and used a pit maneuver at the intersection of Highway 59 and Highway 34 to end the pursuit.
Friday, Aug. 19 At 7:43 p.m. a caller reported a burglary on the 1200 block of Lake Avenue. The caller reported that the back porch door was left open and a pair of shorts were left on the back porch. Nothing was reported missing or damaged. At 2:25 p.m. a caller reported a vehicle was tearing up a yard and the intersection of County Road 125 and Sartain Street in Osage. Saturday, Aug. 20 At 7:15 a.m. fishing items and money were reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle on the 100 block of East Elm Street.
Bell Bank has hired Carrie Amundson as teller supervisor of its Detroit Lakes, Minn., branch. Amundson has worked in banking for 30 years. In her new role, she will supervise the teller line, which includes scheduling, taking care of teller reports and working as a teller. "I am looking forward to working with all of the great employees and customers of Bell Bank," Amundson said. "I have met so many, and everyone has been so helpful and kind." Amundson and her husband, Charlie, live in Detroit Lakes.
Minnesota employers added 11,300 jobs in July, according to seasonally adjusted figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Those figures, combined with revised data that showed the state gained 2,400 more jobs than originally reported in June, brought employment gains in the state to 44,034 over the past year, an increase of 1.5 percent. Jobs nationally climbed 1.7 percent over the past year.