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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.
Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena all did well with their city-owned liquor stores last year. The Detroit Lakes liquor store had sales last year of $6.3 million and made $758,000, a 12 percent profit margin. That allowed it to transfer $484,000 to its general operating fund.
Detroit Lakes native Jeff Johnson came within 5 percentage points of denying Mark Dayton a second term as governor in 2014, and he hopes to again win Republican endorsement and win the governorship next year. A former state legislator and current member of the Hennepin County Board, Johnson said one of his main goals is to change the sometime-overbearing attitude in some state agencies.
Unhappy with the terms of a land swap proposed by the city of Detroit Lakes, Becker County may forego a shared-use compound off North Tower Road and build its own public works facility near the jail now being built on Highway 59 North. The county wanted an even swap with the city—about 7.5 acres of buildable land at the North Tower Road site for about 7.7 acres of land at the Highway 59 North site. But the city wasn't willing to go with an even swap, and asked the county to offer a counterproposal if its initial proposal was not acceptable.