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An Ogema man under investigation for the starving death of three horses in his care has a Go Fund Me site seeking $10,000 to create a "family horse rescue ranch." Michael E. Dahl, a White Earth spiritual leader and Ojibwe teacher at Detroit Lakes High School, set up the still-active Go-Fund-Me site on Sept. 25, 2015 and has so far received donations of $841 towards his $10,000 goal.
The new White Earth-owned Star Lake Casino near Dent could be the catalyst for developing the Star Lake, Dead Lake and Mud Lake area in Otter Tail County. The tribe is moving forward on plans to build a 30,000-square-foot casino with 180 hotel rooms, convention space, a 15-stall RV park, three restaurants and other amenities on trust land on Star Lake, which sits between Dent and Maplewood State Park. The casino would sit on 15 acres of trust land and another 225 acres of "fee land" that has been purchased by the tribe.
MAHNOMEN, Minn.—White Earth Tribal police are looking into the deaths of three horses that apparently starved to death over a period of several months on land near Strawberry Lake owned by Michael Dahl, a White Earth spiritual elder. Dahl did not answer his cell phone and his voice mailbox was full and could not accept messages. One of the horses, a 2-year-old filly, was the great-granddaughter of the famed racing horse Secretariat, a Triple Crown winner in 1973, according to her previous owner, Amber Shaide.
Here's what the Becker Soil and Water Conservation District has been doing to fight the spread of aquatic invasive species in area lakes: It spent about $227,000 on 33 watercraft inspectors, six of them hired to operate mobile decontamination equipment. They decontaminated nearly 300 boats, mostly on Detroit Lake and Lake Melissa, both infested with zebra mussels.
The weather was kind to the Detroit Lakes J&K Beach Bar 200 snowmobile race on Big Detroit Lake Saturday and Sunday. "It went well, we had a great weekend for it," said Kevin Tinjum, owner of J&K Marine, which sponsored the event. "We had great weather for it and good visibility—people were pretty happy about it. I think it all went off pretty well." The 9.5-mile track seemed to curve and sprawl across half of Big Detroit Lake, and because of strong blowing snow prior to the race, only about a third of it was plowed, making for a rugged ride for some sledders.
Recycling is about to get easier for residents in Detroit Lakes, Audubon, Lake Park and Frazee. The county has received a $250,000 state grant to implement a single-stream curbside recycling program in those cities. That money will help pay for about 6,000 wheeled plastic containers for mixed recyclables. They will be similar to the wheeled plastic garbage containers that are most often seen in 64-gallon and 32-gallon sizes. The bins will be made available through private waste haulers, who will also handle pickup of curbside recyclables.
Flu activity is increasing in the state, and the Detroit Lakes area is no exception. "We've been seeing a lot of Type A influenza," said Dr. Bud Belk, director of the Emergency Medicine Department at Essentia St. Mary's. The main flu strain circulating this season is influenza A (H3N2), according to the State Health Department. Adults 65 and older are usually affected more in seasons where H3N2 is the dominant strain. The vaccine this year is a good match for this strain of influenza.
It's been a tough winter so far for local street and highway crews. It started off with hours of rain on Christmas that turned to thick ice, as the temperature dropped the following few days. "The ice got so bad we had to run motor graders with serrated blades to cut the ice off over 150 miles of roadway — there were spots where it was over an inch thick," said Becker County Maintenance Superintendent Jona Jacobson. "It doesn't cut with a regular straight-edge (truck) blade at these temperatures."
Be careful tonight and Friday morning. The National Weather Service expects the lowest temperatures of the season so far tonight, with readings in the low to mid minus-20s across eastern North Dakota and nearing minus 30 degrees in northwest Minnesota, including Becker County and Detroit Lakes. Although winds will be relatively light at only 5-10 mph, there will be just enough to produce wind chills in the minus 30s across the south and minus 40s, possibly nearly minus 50, across the north.
Monday was "Law Enforcement Appreciation Day" in Minnesota, recognizing the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officials. Gov. Mark Dayton directed the Minnesota Department of Transportation to light the Minneapolis I-35W Bridge blue in recognition of the day, and the windows of the Governor's Residence were also lit blue. Law enforcement has never been an easy job, but public attitudes towards officers have risen and fallen over the years.