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With the CIA and the FBI agreeing that Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump, many Minnesotans are concerned about protecting the integrity of the state's election system. They shouldn't be too worried, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon said Tuesday during a visit to Detroit Lakes.
Becker County spent $89,000 last year on a Unitrend all-in-one enterprise backup and continuity system for its IT department. Turns out it was money well spent. The Unitrend system is designed to save data and allow IT administrators to easily and quickly retrieve it in the face of problems like hacking, cyber attacks, ransomware, data loss and downtime.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Darcy Savig of Audubon got a shock to the system on Tuesday when he discovered his beloved 1969 Mercury Cougar had been stolen and had crashed after a high speed chase with the Minnesota State Patrol. "I bought it when I graduated from high school in 1988," he said. "Over the years I've restored it inside and done other stuff to it."
Watching the energy, intelligence and passion that U.S. Rep. Tim Walz brings to his campaign for governor, you can't help but think that the students in his Mankato classroom were lucky to have him for a teacher. And in fact Walz, a moderate Democrat in a red district, won several awards for his teaching, including the 2002 Minnesota Ethics in Education award winner, 2003 Mankato Teacher of the Year, and the 2003 Minnesota Teacher of Excellence.
Cat lovers, time to step up: The Marshmallow Foundation in Detroit Lakes could use some help. The shelter had 86 cats at the end of last month, many more than usual. "We were doing really good the past few years," said Shelter Manager Cassi Ohman. "But this year it kind of exploded." The Marshmallow Foundation, co-located with Lucky Dog in the North Industrial Park off Richwood Road, serves as the city pound for Detroit Lakes and a half-dozen smaller cities in the area, including Frazee, Lake Park, Audubon, Osage and Mahomen.
Fifty years ago, Howard Maninga of rural Ponsford went to fight in Vietnam as a young Marine. He came back, but he brought Vietnam with him. "I went into Vietnam in '67," says Maninga, now age 69. "When I got home, I couldn't get married unless my dad signed off on it — I was too young." He fought in the battle of Guay, and spent 10½ months in Vietnam, fighting the Viet Cong, North Vietnamese, and at times, the Chinese, he said. Most of the time, he carried the "The Law," an M79 shoulder-fired grenade launcher.
Becker County's economy is a mixed bag: Employment is up and the poverty rate is down, but but there's a need for a larger workforce and higher wages, according to Economic Development Snapshop 2016, put out by the West Central Initiative. Becker County's unemployment rate has dropped to less than 3.7 percent, compared to a statewide unemployment rate of 3.7 percent and a national rate of 4.4 percent in June, the most recent month for which data is available.
Becker County is under a cyber attack that has taken down its website, disabled its printers and is now slowly corrupting its entire IT network, according to Becker County Administrator Jack Ingstad. "Apparently we got the ransom request from whoever's doing it to pay them off," he said. No dollar amount has been demanded yet, and the county likely won't have to pay to save its files because it has secure, uncontaminated backup data saved from the night before, he said.
The storm that blew into Detroit Lakes on the evening of July 11 brought straight-line winds of 80-100 mph that knocked down hundreds of trees and power lines. The worst-hit areas were the Floyd lakes and lakes Sallie and Melissa, and total cost to clean up the damage and restore power in Becker County was nearly $535,000.
A man who was struck and killed by a train Sunday was born and raised in Detroit Lakes, loved spending time with his 8-year-old son, and had been looking forward to foraging for wild mushrooms with his brother. Joseph Merten Mackner, 41, of Detroit Lakes was reportedly walking southbound on the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks about a mile north of Detroit Lakes when he was struck by a southbound train just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Mackner was pronounced dead at the scene, and the incident remains under investigation.