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A proposed wind turbine and solar power array about a mile away from Pelican Lake has some people in the area concerned about athstetics, since the tower will be visible from the lake. The Lake Region Community Hybrid project is a small SolarWind Hybrid project that is being developed by Juhl Energy Development, Inc. in cooperation with Lake Region Electric Cooperative.
Thanks to a new state law, some Minnesota farmers can say goodbye to the ups and downs of the individual health insurance market and say hello to nice, stable group health insurance plans offered through their co-ops. The 250 or so eligible farmers who are members of Community Co-ops of Lake Park, for example, have until Dec. 29 to sign up for the new group health insurance plans offered through a partnership between Land O'Lakes and Gravie, a Minnesota- based health benefits company.
Alan Roy, who formerly managed strategic affairs for the tribe, is challenging Tara Mason for the White Earth secretary-treasurer job. Over the past year, Roy, 33, directed the Tribal Council's legislative agenda and directed strategic affairs. His current job involves supporting veterans through Minnesota's Disabled Veteran Outreach Program in Veteran Employment Services, part of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
Wells Fargo Bank in Detroit Lakes was shut down for a brief time Tuesday afternoon after a protester locked herself to a table in the lobby. Disabled veteran Jessie Campbell left after about 20 minutes of negotiation with local law enforcement and bank officials. She was not arrested. She was one of a dozen or so protesters who picketed outside Wells Fargo after arriving from Camp Turtle Island - Water Protector Sanctuary, located at the intersection of County Road 4 and Highway 113 in the center of the White Earth Reservation.
Good news on the Heartland Trail between Detroit Lakes and Frazee: The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway has agreed to let the trail be built on its right-of-way along the north side of Frazee Road. So the trail will run along parts of old Highway 10 from Detroit Lakes to Acorn Lake, then run between Acorn Lake and Highway 10, crossing Frazee Road at the Indy 500 Road crossing, run along the Brink Lake restoration project, and follow Frazee Road into Frazee.
Three law enforcement officers have been honored for saving two people from drowning in Eagle Lake near Frazee. Frazee Chief of Police Tyler Trieglaff, Deputy Darin Borth, and Sgt. Dan May received a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement Using Life Saving Measures. The incident occurred about 1:35 a.m. on Aug. 13, when the two Becker County officers and the Frazee police chief responded to a motor vehicle crash near Eagle Lake.
Aiming to attract new riders of all ages, the county bus system is looking for ideas for a new name and logo. Not that Becker County Transit isn't a pretty darn snazzy name, but how about something like My Ride, or All Aboard, or Wave Rider? Maybe Going Places, or Lakes Express or Becker Bus? Maybe Becker Area Transit (BAT) with a Batman logo? Those ideas all came from county employees. About two dozen ideas in all.
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.