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"And the King will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'—Christian Standard Bible With so many people barely scraping by these days, an Audubon paster is spearheading a plan to essentially provide "payday loans"—at zero percent interest.
There's no shortage of candidates for the White Earth Primary Election on April 3. Four people have filed for the secretary-treasurer position, including incumbent Tara Mason. She is being challenged by Leonard Alan Roy, Lorna Jean LaGue and Clifford William Crowell. Four people have also filed for the District 1 seat on the Reservation Business Committee, otherwise known as the Tribal Council: Incumbent Steven "Punky" Clark, Henry George Fox, Raymond James Auginaush Sr. and Mary Jane Beaulieu.
Doctors are busy treating influenza cases in Detroit Lakes, but they say the flu is not running rampant at this point in Becker County. "Right now we have a lot of flu cases," said ER doctor Darryl Beehler. "There's plenty of Influenza A in the neighborhood, but it's not an epidemic and I don't think we're as bad as what you see on the news." The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says the flu season is as bad this year as it was in 2014-2015, Beehler said. "We're at that level, too."
A highlight of the precinct caucuses Tuesday evening was a straw (nonbinding) poll of which candidates are favored in the governor's race. For Becker County DFLers, it was pretty much a tie between U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, with 37 votes, and State Auditor Rebecca Otto with 36 votes. The next largest bloc was uncommitted with 14 votes, followed by State Rep. Tina Liebling with 8 votes, St.Paul Mayor Chris Coleman with 7 votes, State Rep. Erin Murphy with 5 votes and former Minnesota House Speaker Paul Thiessen with 2 votes.
Time to upgrade that aging election equipment: Counties including Becker, Otter Tail, Wadena and Hubbard are taking advantage of $7 million in state matching grant money. It provides up to a 50 percent match for mandatory equipment, such as optical scan precinct counters, optical scan central counters, or assistive voting devices, and up to a 75 percent match for electronic rosters. Becker County asked for, and was granted $71,000 for new equipment. That means the county will have to kick in another $71,000 towards the total purchase price.
If you want a say in politics, it all starts with the precinct caucuses on Tuesday evening. Members of major parties in Minnesota won't endorse candidates at their precinct caucuses, but they will elect delegates to the county convention, which will endorse legislative candidates. And they will get to weigh in on who they want to see run for governor. Gov. Mark Dayton has served two terms and isn't running for reelection, so there won't be an incumbent defending the office.
A lifetime of hunting and fishing trophies went up in smoke with a devastating fire at Toad Lake Taxidermy last week.
Jay Peterson is back as head coach of the Lake Park-Audubon girls basketball team, and Assistant Coach Ashley Tingelstad has also returned to the team. The team played Fosston at home on Monday. Conflict between Peterson, some players and some parents led to complaints to the school board, which caused Peterson to be placed on paid administrative leave last week during an investigative process. LP-A High School Principal Mary Merchant completed the investigation last week and school district administration acted to reinstate Peterson as head coach.
First things first: The owner of Nature's Design Landscaping and Retail Center in Pelican Rapids is named Lance Akers. An incorrect name was used in a recent story in our special section on the ice palace. Like everyone else working on the ice palace near the Pavilion on Little Detroit Lake, Akers is a volunteer. All the equipment, time and labor are being donated. "Every man-lift, every crane — we had two different cranes out here — every last thing is donated," he said.
For local Vikings fans who went to Philadelphia for the playoff game against the Eagles, it was the Trip from Hell. Many left the stadium early because they didn't feel safe, and interviewed separately, they all described it the same way: "It was horrible." Seems like a trip to the Philadelphia Prison System would have been friendlier, and less stressful.