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After an amazing victory over the Saints on Sunday, Minnesota Vikings fans have been floating on purple and gold clouds all week—special events at the schools, Purple Pride celebrations at work, shoppers blitzing store shelves and clearing out Vikings jerseys, and a general feeling that all is right with the world, at least for now. "My voice is hoarse, I've been talking about the playoffs so much," said "Barber Jon" Stone, a die-hard Vikings fan who watches the games on a big screen TV at his shop in Detroit Lakes.
A benefit is planned for later this month for longtime Frazee-Vergas High School teacher and coach Parker Williams, who recently had a large aggressive tumor removed from behind his tonsils. He is currently undergoing radiation for stage 4 cancer and has a long road of recovery ahead of him. Parker has been a solid part of the community since he landed a job teaching and coaching at Frazee in 1970-1971. Through the years he taught high school economics, government, world history, physical education, health and sociology.
Lawrence Jacob Bruguier, 27, of White Earth, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony third-degree assault. According to court records, on Jan. 1 tribal police were called to a residence in White Earth, where Bruguier had allegedly punched his former father-in-law in the face multiple times, breaking his jaw and inflicting damage that required a metal plate and reconstructive surgery to repair. Bruguier allegedly assaulted the older man, with whom he shares a residence, because he thought the man was "talking down" to him.
The Compassion House in Detroit Lakes isn't your run-of-the-mill residential treatment center. For one thing, most of its residents have had more than their share of being kicked around by life—some survived especially tough childhoods, and all led lives that led to drug and alcohol abuse, and sometimes led to jail, prison or homelessness. Unlike most treatment centers, which often aim for generic spirituality, Compassion House, which is associated with The Refuge, adds a dollop of Christianity to its traditional chemical dependency counseling.
The Becker County Historical Society wants to build a $6 million addition to the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center to hold its new history museum and kids' science museum. Historical Society Director Becky Mitchell briefed the Becker County Board about the project on Tuesday, and was gratified to hear that commissioners continue to support $1 million in county funding for the project, which was originally pegged at about $3.5 million. "We're still exploring federal tax credits, which will cut about $1 million off the price tag," she said.
Gary Bogatz remembers the exact moment he found God, or when God found him, whichever it was. He was standing in the White Earth grocery store parking lot in front of a speeding Lincoln Navigator—his Navigator, stolen by his girlfriend and driven by a man he did not know—and was seconds away from being hit and crushed against a minivan a few feet away that was blocking the only exit. Only he didn't die that day. "I felt myself lifted up," he said. "I was lifted off the ground about three feet straight up."
ER doctor Darryl Beehler has a different take on why you should get your flu shot this year—you could save somebody else's life. "The more people get the vaccine, the fewer cases we'll have in the community," he said. "If you want to do something for others in the community—get your flu vaccination." That's because the flu can be deadly for young kids, the elderly and anyone with a weakened immune system, and anyone with conditions like congestive heart failure, diabetes, or emphysema.
A man accused of letting three horses die from starvation, exposure and neglect has been sentenced in Becker County district Court. Michael Erwin Dahl, 42, of Shakopee was sentenced Dec. 27 on a felony charge of mistreatment—torture of animals.Two identical felony charges were dropped in a plea agreement. According to court records, on Jan. 24 the White Earth Tribal Police Department was contacted about three dead horses on property near Strawberry Lake Store, on the White Earth Reservation in Becker County.
A large power outage in the Lake Eunice area south of Detroit Lakes has left more than 2,000 households without power, according to the Lake Region Electric Cooperative website. As of 9:45 p.m. Thursday, no power had been restored. The temperature in Detroit Lakes was eight below. The outage was caused by a broken switch on a Great River Energy transmission line near Audubon.
A Lake Park family says it's a Christmas miracle. It started Nov. 30, when Shania Alder, 21, slipped into an unexplained seizure that led into a coma and liver failure. She had never had seizures or any serious health problems before. "I had a 20 percent chance of making it the first day I was in there (Essentia Hospital in Fargo) and the second day I had a 5 percent chance of making it," Shania said. Shania and her sister, Andrea Pollock, 37, live in Lake Park next door to their mother, Vicki Alder, 60.