Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry member, and Kennedy Center Honoree George Glenn Jones died Friday, April 26 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 81. He was hospitalized April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure. Born September 12, 1931, Jones is regarded among the most important and influential singers in American popular music history.
Detroit Lakes has been named a 2012 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the 25th year Detroit Lakes has earned the national designation. Detroit Lakes achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observation and proclamation.
It’s no secret winter is weighing heavily on many people. Concerns are surfacing about the upcoming fishing opener questioning whether we will be in our boats or fishing on ice. I have an offer from our local bait shop assuring me if I go ice fishing opening day they will provide me free bait. In light of that distinct possibility, let’s discuss the forgotten, yet sophisticated, Swish-Rod.
Before venturing out to campgrounds, trails and public water accesses statewide, people should check online or call ahead to avoid surprises, advises the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). At Minnesota state parks, the cold weather has kept water shut off and RV dump stations closed at many campgrounds.
A Perham man has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony drug possession charge, as well as a related misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated-test refusal. Lucas Lee Harrison, 20, of 210 2nd Ave. N., Perham, was given a stayed prison sentence on the felony charge, on conditions including completion of up to five years of supervised probation and 30 days in jail, as well as payment of $660 in court fines and fees.
Frazee’s Brian Heden stepped into the Mixed Martial Arts cage last Saturday night in Fargo at the Scheels Sports Arena, where he defeated Chris Latozke from Fargo in a heavyweight match. Heden stopped Latozke with a first-round TKO. “Brian went into the fight confident, and was prepared,” said trainer Chris Holt. “The fight ended with strikes to the head and the ref had seen enough of Latozke taking a beating and stopped the fight. “He looked good,” Holt said. “Latozke tried to leg kick Brian and tried to get to him.”
Life Happens Women’s Retreat hosted by Sanford Health and Ecumen Detroit Lakes on April 18 was a success. “I think everyone was ready for a night out,” event organizer Sandy Lia said. “Over 400 women attended. Can you imagine all these women in one space, laughing, talking, dancing, eating, wine tasting, learning and sharing some really great information regarding health, wellness and beauty. Yeah, it was crazy fun.”
A Detroit Lakes man has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony insurance fraud charge. Bruce Norton Walla, 61, of 18185 Totland Road, Detroit Lakes, was given a stayed prison sentence on conditions including completion of up to 10 years of supervised probation, 15 days in jail and 30 days of electronic home monitoring (at his own expense), as well as payment of $1,085 in court fines and fees. A second felony count of forgery was dismissed at sentencing.
A Detroit Lakes man has been charged in Becker County District Court with a felony count of motor vehicle theft. Jeremy Alan Holder Jr., 25, of 404 E. State St., Detroit Lakes, allegedly stole a 1997 Chevy pickup from a Detroit Lakes muffler shop on April 11. According to the criminal complaint, the vehicle was found the next day on the Vergas Trails, slightly damaged and with no keys inside. Upon questioning, Holder allegedly admitted that he had taken the vehicle to get to a party, then abandoned it when it got stuck.
Two area men have been charged with second degree burglary in connection with a March 29 break-in at the Wolf Lake Liquor Store. Nicholas Wallace Johnson, 22, of Hawley, and Chase Dillon Bailie, 19, of Glyndon, both made their first appearances last week in Becker County District Court.