- Member for
- 2 years 6 months
A minivan partially submerged in Big Detroit Lake on the 1000 block of West Lake Drive caused quite a bit of concern this morning. Just after 9 a.m. dispatchers received a call about a 2007 Chrysler Town and Country van sticking out of the water on the shoreline. When emergency crews arrived, they discovered the unattended vehicle in "relatively shallow water," about one or two feet deep. Police Chief Steve Todd says the driver's side door of the vehicle was open and there was not a driver or any passengers at the scene.
The $49.9 million Detroit Lakes school bond referendum has passed at the polls, meaning each of the district's schools will see a number of updates in the coming years. A 53.44 percentage of yes votes passed the levy it's fourth time on the ballot. Superintendent Doug Froke says the plan took "a lot of work by a lot of people over the past five years" to finally bring something forward that the community would get on board with.
Voters passed a half-cent, local option sales tax on Tuesday night's midterm ballot to fund a new police station in Detroit Lakes. With all three precincts reporting, the vote came in at 65.7 percent saying yes and 35.3 percent saying no or a ballot count of 2,544 for the tax and 1,329 opposed.
Voters passed the sales tax on the ballot to fund a new police station in Detroit Lakes. With all three precincts reporting, the vote came in at 65.7 percent saying yes and 35.3 percent saying no or a ballot count of 2,544 for the tax and 1,330 opposed. Check back for updates as this story progresses.
Minnesota has a lot of counting to do this election season. Election-day and absentee voting both seem to be up in comparison with past midterm elections, sitting somewhere on par with 2016's presidential election numbers.
An organization on the White Earth Reservation, Honor the Earth, is bussing people throughout Becker, Clearwater, and Mahnomen counties to the polls this election season, using a "Rez Uber," a donated bus. The idea sprouted recently, says one of the organizers, Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson, who noticed quite a difference between the voting experience she had living in a larger city in Wisconsin and the voting options she has now that she lives on the White Earth Reservation. "We found out that local precincts were not going to be open," said Kalmanson.
The Trophy House has a fresh new look after moving to a new location on Randolph Road. The new building at 1004 Randolph Road has double the space of the last one, which has allowed owners Eric and Jolene Tulius to get creative with their showroom and make some upgrades. "We're going to try to grow the business a little bit more. We upgraded some equipment, so we can service better," said Eric.
Halloween. That mystical day when kids dress up as their favorite superhero or character and go door to door collecting candy isn't just a time for the youngsters to have fun. Matthew Utecht grew up trick or treating in Detroit Lakes, but now that he's a little older he gets to be the one who doles out the delights each year...dressed as Cookie Monster. "I would say Halloween is my favorite holiday, fueled by how much fun kids — and adults — have dressing up," said Utecht, who has been donning the Cookie Monster costume for the last eight years.
Jeremy Scott and his dog Buddy are back under the bridge; Lori Rogers is in jail. Despite more than $5,000 raised through a Go Fund campaign started by Carissa Markuson, she and Georgia Nagel stopped helping Scott and Rogers. "It takes more than money," said Nagel, "It takes people willing to step up...It is so appreciated how the community stepped up with offers of food, clothing, money, but we really needed to have assistance on the government end of it, the legal end of it...mental health, counseling, that was beyond us."
Planning a vacation can be a headache. There's flights, hotels, excursions to book—and all within the constraints of a budget. The list of details that need to be ironed out to ensure a positive experience goes on and on. That's why many people turn to a travel agency to get the job done. Carissa Markuson, who started up her own full-service travel agency, Markuson Travel, this spring, says she loves hashing out the details of a vacation. It's her passion and why she went into the career in the first place.