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The Department of Natural Resources will sell 40 northern Minnesota parcels in three public oral bid auctions in October and November. Tuesday, Oct. 25 - Nine northwestern Minnesota parcels will be auctioned at the County Administration Building in Bemidji. Thursday, Oct. 27 - 27 northeastern Minnesota parcels will be auctioned at the Lake County Courthouse in Two Harbors. Thursday, Nov. 3 - Four parcels in north-central Minnesota will be auctioned at DNR Brainerd area office.
Ryan Damlo wants to put some pizzazz into the workaday image of Becker County Transit. Aiming to get more people on the dial-a-ride buses, the transit director hopes to land a $30,000 Commuter Challenge grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He's done it before — last year he won $18,000 of the $20,000 grant application he made on behalf of Wadena County. He is transit director for both Wadena and Becker counties.
Duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota's regular waterfowl season opens a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 24. "The abundance of breeding ducks in Minnesota and North America has been good in recent years, so we hope that results in good opportunities for duck hunters this fall," said Steve Cordts, waterfowl specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "Wetland habitat conditions are fairly good across the state and with a little help from Mother Nature with some favorable fall weather, it could be a good season."
The Becker County Historical Society is plugging away towards a $3.2 million goal for a new museum. The society has raised about $500,000 so far, and if the museum board can raise $2.2 million, the county will provide a 50 percent matching grant of up to $1.1 million toward the project, said Historical Society Executive Director Becky Mitchell. "It would be great to break ground sometime next year, but that depends upon fundraising and pledges being made," she said.
Here's the scenario: A tornado hits the old Pine Point School during the weekly Bingo game. Two cars are left smashed close to the front door, which is blocked. A live power line blocks the route in for emergency vehicles. There are injured people in the cars and distraught relatives trying to get to them. More people are trapped in rubble inside the building. There's a partial natural gas leak in the building, and using tools to break in the front door could spark an explosion.
The annual meeting to issue permits for the 2016-2017 Hubbel Pond Wildlife Management Area trapping season will be held Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. at the DNR Area Headquarters on Lake Sallie, 2 1/2 miles southwest of Detroit Lakes at 14583, County Road 19. The number of permits will be limited to six. Individuals not issued a permit for the prior 2015-2016 trapping season will receive preference in this year's drawing.
Chad Lewis, an author and paranormal investigator, will be in Detroit Lakes on Friday with a slide show highlighting his strangest cases—including alien abductions, haunted places, mysterious creatures, crop circles and more. Lewis said the program will cover the whole spectrum of Minnesota's supernatural activity. He shows the places and talks about their background, history, witness reports, and archived newspaper accounts, as well as the results of his own investigations.
Members of the Becker County Sheriff's Office were honored Tuesday for saving lives. Four received individual Life Saver awards in separate incidents, and Sgt. Ty Warren and Deputy Daran Borth were each given two letters of commendation for saving two armed, suicidal men in different places on the same day. Deputy Matt Gerving and Deputy Chad Peterson were also given letters of commendation, as each was involved in one of the life-saving incidents—both of which occurred on Aug. 22.
"Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage..."—Richard Lovelace How right that 16th Century poet was. New jails these days look more like nice brick office buildings, at least on the outside. Becker County residents will soon find out for themselves what a new jail looks like: The county is moving forward on plans to build a $16 million-to-$18 million jail on Highway 59, just north of Seaberg Power Sports. That's a lot of money, but the county is under state order to either close or replace its 43-bed maximum security jail at the courthouse.
Ah, the sweet smell of success: The new $2.9 million Becker County transfer station should be open next month, and it will offer drive-through service to residents and commercial waste...