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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.
The White Earth Reservation has been hard hit by the opioid epidemic, but the Ojibwe band north of Detroit Lakes has not taken the problem lying down, and in some ways has taken a leading role in fighting addiction.
There's good news and bad news when it comes to this year's Becker County Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign. The bad news is the campaign didn't meet its $40,000 goal. The good news is it did raise about $36,000, and that's better than a lot of county campaigns did this year in the region. "Given the reports I'm getting from other counties, $36,000 is pretty good, because a lot of counties are down," said Becker County Red Kettle Campaign organizer Michele Baker.
A Detroit Lakes native and attorney has made a big difference in the lives of women and girls around the world. Janet Benshoof, 70, died Monday, Dec. 18 at her home in New York. She was diagnosed with uterine serous carcinoma in November
Lisa Dugan, safety education outreach coordinator for the DNR, can't wait to see 20-below weather. She wants Minnesota lakes to freeze over good and solid so ATVs and snowmobiles quit breaking through. "We currently have five reported ice fatalities for just this ice season — that's greater than the last two seasons combined, and it's only late December," she said. "All these fatalities involved either an ATV or snowmobile," Dugan added. "It's unfortunately trending to be a very fatal ice season."
This has been a good year for Becker County. Some highlights, from County Board Chairman Larry Knutson's Year in Review speech Tuesday: • Together, the county and its employees will save up to $500,000 by switching health insurance providers to avoid a 19 percent premium hike next year. The county will join the Public Employee Insurance Program Jan. 1. • The Parks and Recreation Department completed two timber sales this year, selling over 12,000 cords and earning more than $500,000 for the county.
Lake Region Electric Cooperative has axed a proposed wind turbine-solar power array in Dunn Township, near Pelican Lake. "We have cancelled the community based renewable project, which was a wind/solar hybrid project," Lake Region CEO Tim Thompson said in an email. "The project was being developed by Juhl Energy and we would purchase the energy from the project. Based on the feedback from our members, our board of directors decided it was best to not proceed."
Only Santa delivers more Christmas cheer than the drivers and staff at Foltz Trucking in Detroit Lakes. Foltz Trucking drivers, staff and the company itself donated $3,800 this year. One Foltz driver, Harlan Voje of Fargo, donated his entire $600 safe driving bonus for the year to the toy drive. When you add in toy contributions from Daggett Trucking of Frazee, Lakeshirts, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in Detroit Lakes, it means the Foltz staff was kept busy for weeks, collecting toys and using cash donations to buy toys and gifts for those in need.