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The chances of a special session in Minnesota slipped away in the dust of political battle Friday, leaving behind the corpses of tax relief for the middle class, a bonding...
A dozen or so Detroit Lakes residents turned up at the city council meeting Tuesday, concerned about a plan to renovate West Lake Drive, add a bike trail, and clean up stormwater runoff into Little Detroit Lake. The project is in its preliminary stages, with construction scheduled for 2020, but some residents were upset that the city had not kept them informed of progress made since an initial public meeting four years ago.
The venerable Becker Lakes Industrial Development Corporation voted this month to dissolve and turn its $790,000 in assets over to the Detroit Lakes Development Authority, according to Community Development Director Larry Remmen. The gift roughly doubles the city's economic development dollars available for loans and other development tools, said City Administrator Kelcey Klemm. The Becker Lakes IDC, a private non-profit corporation, was established in 1954 to promote industrial development in Detroit Lakes.
With ice leaving early last spring and arriving late this autumn, Detroit Lake saw the longest stretch of open water this year in historical memory. According to Dick Hecock, a consultant with the Pelican River Watershed District, Detroit Lake's 2016 ice-in date was Dec. 10, about 21 days later than the Nov. 19 average, based upon 106 years of records. In this period, the 2016 ice-in date is the lake's fourth latest, beaten only by Dec. 13 in both 1939 and 2004, and Dec. 16 in 1999.
From motorcycling across the country to hitchhiking to riding the rails, Duane "Digger" Carey was a young rebel who took an unusual route to becoming a NASA astronaut. Born to a single teenage mom, he was one of three siblings that grew up in the projects of St. Paul. "I hated school so bad, I didn't want to go to school," he told a crowd of youngsters at the Mahnomen tribal college Thursday. "I missed 35 or 40 days in second grade. I used to hide in the woods and freeze instead of going to school."
Members of the Minnesota National Guard, including companies based in Detroit Lakes, Bemidji and Wadena, made a strong showing during their National Training Center rotation at Fort Irwin, California, in June. And they'll be heading to Europe this summer. The Bearcats (The 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment) is a Minnesota Army National Guard battalion headquartered in Moorhead.
Minnesotans love their lakes, but few have been so willing to put their money where their mouths are as the environmentally-minded folks who love Bad Medicine Lake in northeastern Becker County. Supporters of the Bad Medicine Lake Area Foundation have donated tens of thousands of dollars to help turn 1.8 miles of shoreline into aquatic management areas. So far, a dozen parcels with a total appraised value of $2.6 million have purchased and are now managed for the public as AMAs by the DNR Fish and Wildlife Division.
For some 30 years, Young Life has been selling fresh-cut Christmas trees in Detroit Lakes. It's a great holiday tradition that helps raise money for a great cause, and customers include newcomers as well as old-timers who have bought a tree from Young Life every year for three decades, said Peter Paulson, director of Lakes Area Young Life. The tree lot is located on South Washington Avenue again this year, across from Burnside's and next to Weum Chiropractic.
Two people were injured in separate crashes on an icy Highway 10 east of Lake Park Saturday evening. At about 8 p.m. a 1993 Chevy C1500 pickup truck driven by...
One Becker County woman saw her $400,000 home valuation drop by about $90,000. A man in Detroit Lakes saw his home valuation drop from $150,000 to $130,000. In the Long Bridge Heights area, neighbors with similar homes saw valuations that went sharply in both directions. Seeing some big changes in your home valuation? It's probably due to a new software program that has been rolled out by the Becker County Assessor's Office. "The values we set last spring are the values in the Truth-in-Taxation notice that just went out," said Becker County Assessor Steve Carlson.