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One man died in a fire at Edgewater Condominiums near the Detroit Lakes City Park on Saturday afternoon. The victim was identified as William McGrath, 72, of Detroit Lakes. The fire was located in a living room on the third floor of the Edgewater Condominiums on the northeast side of the building. The incident was reported at 2:30 p.m. Saturday as a fire with heavy smoke showing. Detroit Lakes firefighters and police officers responded to the scene, according to Assistant Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Todd George.
White Earth Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason is off the hook. An attempt by White Earth Tribal Chairman Terry Tibbetts to censure her fell flat Wednesday, when the Minnesota Chippewa Tribal Executive Committee voted 3-1 to exonerate her, determining that Mason did not violate provisions of the MCT Constitution. Tibbetts cast the only vote in favor of censure. Six TEC members voted "silent," which essentially means they abstained from voting.
Callaway Police Chief Tim Haverkamp has been sentenced on a misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge, for an incident in which he helped a friend avoid a DWI after she crashed her car into a guardrail on Highway 59. He remains the police chief of Callaway, according to City Clerk Shelly Dillon. Neither Haverkamp nor Callaway Mayor Gretchen Stalboerger could be reached for comment Friday.
Tim Miller is fighting to win the Republican endorsement to take on longtime Democrat Collin Peterson for a seat in the U.S. House. He hopes to use his experience as a small business owner, Army veteran and state representative (specializing in agricultural issues) to drive policy that will help rural Minnesota. If elected, he wants to "do more to grow the nation's agriculture industry, but also diversify and invest to create higher-paying jobs, improve education by getting government out of the way and allow for more choice."
A Detroit Lakes man must pay back $55,000 for bilking an elderly Hubbard County woman out of tens of thousands of dollars through overbilling for tree removal, roofing and riprap work. Dale Ray Tyge, 62, of Detroit Lakes was originally charged in Hubbard County District Court with felony theft by swindle and felony financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Tyge could not be reached for comment and his attorney, Simon George of Detroit Lakes, had no comment.
From New Mexico to Alaska, and quite a few places in between, Linden McNeilus, 54, has spent much of his adult life either fighting wildfires or (more stressful yet) overseeing controlled burns in forestland, in the desert and on the prairie. McNeilus, who calls the Detroit Lakes area home, just retired after 28 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He has also worked as a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the Minnesota DNR.
Clean water depends on healthy soil — soil that supports plant growth and can absorb, hold and filter water. Healthy soil, in turn, depends on how people manage the land. Aiming to improve soil health in Minnesota, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources and the University of Minnesota's Water Resources Center have committed to expanding the science of soil health and sharing practical information with farmers, conservationists and others who manage the state's soils.
Like a lot of M State students, Oshane West is happy-go-lucky, outgoing and athletic. Unlike most M State students, West hails from Jamaica. He's excited about his future, loves snowboarding on Detroit Mountain, and is a big fan of Minnesota. "I love American culture and I love this area—horseback riding, hunting, American Indians—it's an amazing place," he says.
Supporters of the American Legion Campground in Detroit Lakes were heartened to find that an original deed prohibits commercial development at the site. But they shouldn't pop the champagne cork just yet.
Emergency responders came to the aid of a dog that fell through the ice on a slough near the junction of East Shore Drive and South Shore Drive in Detroit Lakes on Tuesday morning. Becker County Deputies and Detroit Lakes firefighters responded to the scene, and the airboat arrived on its trailer, but before they could take any action the dog was able to get out of trouble on his own, clambering into nearby bulrushes and making his way through them to a wooded area, from afterwhich he was seen running through backyards in the South Shore Drive neighborhood.