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The White Earth Tribal Council has taken the first step towards allowing a vote of the people to decide the fate of the proposed Star Lake Casino near Dent—or any other question they want to put to a vote. The council on Monday voted 3-0 to approve the White Earth Referendum Ordinance, which sets forth the procedures for putting an issue to a referendum vote. The new ordinance will be posted for 15 days and now begins a 30-day public review period.
White Earth has spent about $7 million so far on the proposed Star Lake Casino project, Tribal Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason said at a meeting with tribal members. Expenses for the Star Lake Casino include land acquisition, buying wetland credits and architectural, planning and environmental fees. Some of the money spent so far includes intermingled architectural fees for the existing White Earth casino between Ebro and Bagley. The same design, on a larger scale, will be used at Star Lake, if the project is approved.
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With the Becker County Planning and Zoning Office supervisor position vacant, county commissioners are considering going in an unexpected direction—filling the position with an attorney that specializes in zoning law. That would free up the overburdened Becker County Attorney's Office, which currently handles zoning law, to focus on its many other responsibilities, including criminal prosecutions.
A $4.8 million bridge replacement and Highway reconstruction project at Highway 10 and Highway 59 is on track to be completed by its mid-October deadline. "It's slow going until the bridge gets done," said Jesse Miller, MnDOT project engineer in Detroit Lakes. "The controlling item is the bridge."
It's not easy running a small business in Detroit Lakes these days—it can be hard to find and keep good workers. Sometimes it can even affect the hours of operation. Norby's, for example, used to be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays during the summer, but this year decided against being open on Sundays because the extra help could not be found, said owner Michael Norby.
Detroit Lakes firefighters called in help from the Frazee, Audubon and Lake Park fire departments after Detroit Lakes received eight calls for assistance in a three-hour span during a thunderstorm Tuesday evening, while also fighting a house fire, reportedly caused by a lightning strike.
The Detroit Lakes High School gymnasium was packed Saturday with people who came to say goodbye to 14-year-old Chloe Love Conn of Detroit Lakes, who died May 31 after falling about 50 feet while exploring around a trail on the shore of Lake Tahoe.
The design of the new Becker County Jail on Highway 59 North is falling into place. Designed to replace both the medium- and maximum-security jail attached to the courthouse, and the minimum security workhouse on Randolph Road, it will have 186 beds sanctioned by the Minnesota Department of Corrections. It will also have holding cells and a group holding area capable of handling a total of 19 people, over and above the regular 186 beds. Klein McCarthy Architects is handling the project.