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A $2.8 million bridge replacement project over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks in Lake Park will be paid for mostly by the state and the railroad. The railroad tracks run through a deep east-west cutting in Lake Park, splitting the town in two. The bridge is on the main north-south street from Highway 10 to downtown. BNSF will pay $1.2 million towards the project, and state bonding funds will pay just over $1 million more.
A rural Waubun man, charged with three felonies in Becker County District Court for allegedly causing the death of three horses under his care through neglect and starvation, is set to go to a plea hearing Oct. 10. Michael Erwin Dahl, 42, faces three charges of mistreatment-torture of animals. A jury trial that was set for Sept. 19 was canceled, and the plea hearing was set up in its place.
The Humane Society of the Lakes in Detroit Lakes has opened its doors to dogs from Texas, opening up some room at Texas animal shelters for pets separated from their owners by the Hurricane Harvey disaster that flooded large parts of Houston and other Texas communities. "They're trying to open up the shelters down there a little bit for hurricane dogs in hopes they will be reclaimed by their homes," said local Humane Society Manager Amber Sund. "Our facility took in seven dogs on Friday. They transported over 100 dogs to be distributed (to animal shelters) in Minnesota."
Score a win for Brian Winczewski, who lives next door to the Osage Sportman's Club and has successfully challenged the decision of the Becker County Board to grant the club a conditional use permit. It's not clear how the county will respond. No decision was made by the county board after it met in closed sessions with its legal team on Tuesday, said County Administrator Jack Ingstad, although county staff did tour the Sportsman's Club site with the county's attorney after the meeting.
A Moorhead woman has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for stealing more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from JC Penney in Detroit Lakes. Alexis Beryl Phillips, 30, of Moorhead, was sentenced Sept. 1 for felony theft. According to court records, at 2:41 p.m. on July 1, police responded to the report of a shoplifter at Central Market. Phillips was caught after she ran to the nearby McKinley Plaza and tried to hide in a business that was under construction. She shoplifted items valued at $127.
Detroit Lakes city officials were taken by surprise when Zorbaz canceled its live music indefinitely after being sanctioned for violating the noise ordinance. "It's untrue that the city told Zorbaz it can't have live music anymore," said City Administrator Kelcey Klemm, in response to Internet rumors and petitions.
A former worker at a Detroit Lakes group home has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for raping a woman resident with the mental capacity of a young child. Jallah Sallah Kollie, 39, of 219 Second Ave. W., West Fargo, was sentenced Tuesday in Becker County District Court on felony counts of first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct — victim mentally impaired.
Hospice of the Red River Valley basically flunked pain management in the first Hospice Compare report card put out by Medicare, but the executive director there said the poor grade was due to glitches in the self-reporting system, and does not reflect the actual care given. Only 16.6 percent of patients at Hospice of the Red River Valley got a timely and thorough pain assessment when pain was identified as a problem, according to the Hospice Compare website at Medicare.gov. The national average was 77.7 percent.
In her quiet, steady way, Iraq War veteran Kayla Simon of Frazee has made an outsized difference in the community, and people have noticed. Simon, 34, a married mother of four with an unusual career, is one of 21 Minnesota veterans to be awarded the Veterans' Voices Award by the Minnesota Humanities Center. The award goes to veterans who have shown exemplary community service beyond their military service.
A Detroit Lakes man is accused of body slamming a 14-week-old puppy three or four times and breaking its leg after it defecated in the house. Brandon Scott Hesse Hamilton, 32, of Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District court with gross misdemeanor cruelty to an animal. According to court records, shortly before noon on Thursday, a Detroit Lakes police officer was called to Hesse Hamilton's house on Gary Avenue to check on the status of a dog that he had allegedly badly beaten.