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Counties, cities, nursing homes and other government entities are scrambling to find alternative plans after getting hit with big hikes in what they will have to pay for employee health insurance next year. Small cities and others with fewer employees are seeing the biggest percentage increases. Frazee, for example, with seven full-time employees, is seeing an increase of just over 50 percent. Sunnyside Care Center, with about 40 full-time employees, is seeing a proposed hike of 49 percent.
One hundred years ago, three young Portuguese children near Fatima received a series of monthly visitations and requests from Mother Mary, culminating in a miracle witnessed by about 70,000 people—believers, skeptics and impartial observers alike.
Better not wait too long to get your flu shot—we may be in for a rough ride this season. And it could come early. Australia is just getting over a potent flu season that struck early and sickened more than twice as many people as usual—causing some alarming deaths in recent weeks, including an 8-year-old girl and a 30-year-old father. Nothing is ever a sure bet with influenza, but experts warn that sometimes the United States gets in its flu season what Australia got in its flu season, which is just coming to an end.
What do Detroit Lakes Frisbee golfers and pickleball players have in common? They are both raising money and working with the city to improve their favorite activities. The disc golf course on the east side of City Park will be expanded from nine holes to 18 holes, and the new course will be certified for tournaments.
The federal government giveth and the federal government taketh away. With one hand the Trump administration approved $323 million for two years of an innovative Minnesota plan for a high-risk health insurance pool, designed to lower individual premiums by about 20 percent (compared to what premiums would be without it) for MNsure, the state's version of the Affordable Care Act. But with the other hand it stripped away $369 million in funding for MinnesotaCare, an entirely different program which serves 91,000 people often described as the working poor.
The Becker County Historical Society is planning for a possible $6 million addition to the Detroit Lakes Community Center that would house the Becker County Museum. The funding would involve about $1.1 million from the county, $1.2 million in tax credits, and $1.1 million existing pledges, leaving some $3 million to be collected through a capital campaign, Becker County Commissioner Ben Grimsley said at a County Board meeting Tuesday.
A Detroit Lakes Navy veteran is making good progress on bringing his rental home up to code by a city-imposed Dec. 31 deadline. "I've got to paint the trim, basically that's all that's left," said Brian Fraser, who lives at 327 Elizabeth Avenue. He said the property's owner, Laurel Carlson, is also making good progress on upgrades needed in a separate rental unit in the basement of her home at 325 Elizabeth Street. Fraser's home, which has its own address, is located in Carlson's back yard and opens onto the alley.
Say goodbye to Airport Road. It's closing for good on Oct. 9. It will be missed: In the summertime, as many as 4,000 cars a day use the shaky, curving back road to the big box stores on Highway 10. Construction is going to start on a new taxiway and runway relocation and extension project at the airport that will cut through Airport Road. Hough Inc. of Detroit Lakes is the main contractor for the project and will began earthwork on Oct. 9, said Detroit lakes Public Works Director Brad Green.
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.