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Becker County may be getting close to making an offer for the Detroit Mountain property -- but only if it lands a big state grant to help pay for it. The economic impact of a ski-snowboarding operation on Detroit Mountain would be substantial -- anywhere from $661,000 a year for a smaller operation like Sea Gull Resort in Brainerd, to $6.8 million for one the size of Andes Tower Hills in Alexandria. A smaller operation like Sea Gull would generate 13-14 jobs.
The Becker County Planning and Zoning Commission shot down Jason Mowers' plans for a repair, salvage and auto lot on the 25000 block of Anderson Road -- and it ordered him to clean up the junk there within 45 days. "In a nutshell, it's a mess," said planning commission member John McGovern.
Two Battle Lake residents were injured in a two-vehicle collision with a deer Saturday morning at the junction of Highway 108 and Otter Tail County Road 41 North. Ronald V. Hanson, 68 and Elizabeth M. Hanson, 66, both of Battle Lake suffered non life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol. They were driving a 2008 GMC Acadia. Two Fargo residents in a 2006 Kia Amanti were also involved in the incident. Richard W. Stenerson, 57 and Wanda K.
After withering criticism over an RV park established by owners of Bambi Resort on Big Toad Lake, the Becker County Board on Tuesday decided to bring back a planning and zoning advisory committee. A number of Big Toad Lake property owners were at the meeting, and Clark Lee, head of the Big Toad lake Improvement Association, spoke to the county board and provided a detailed letter to commissioners about past and current issues with Bambi Resort. Lee said the developers have been "thumbing their nose" at commissioners by repeatedly stretching the limits of the county zoning ordinance. For
About 2,400 customers in a dozen towns in Otter Tail and Grant Counties lost power in the storm that blew through Wednesday morning. Customers lost power around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Voters in the Frazee-Vergas School District, take note: The first of two candidate forums for school board candidates is set for 7 p.m. today at the Frazee Events Center. The forum will be hosted by the Lakes Region League of Women Voters. Participating will be candidates Carey Alger, Matt Bauer, Ken Fett, Mary Lepisto, Kevin Litzau, Jim Nelson, Don Thorp, Chris Wacker and Rich Ziegler. Candidate Brenda Como has not confirmed. There are four open seats on the Frazee-Vergas School Board. The Aug.
In a big break for the defense, a Minnesota appeals court has ruled that subpoenas were not legally served in the Virginia Briard case. Briard, 64, of 38501 County Road 56, Frazee is charged in Becker County District Court with six felony counts of contempt of court. She is accused of failing to appear to testify at the criminal sexual conduct trial of her husband, Robert Briard, in December of 2008. Prosecutors sought her testimony because her husband had allegedly made "certain admissions" to her regarding the accusations against him, according to court records.
Becker County Administrator Brian Berg is saying goodbye. Berg, 59, has taken a job next door: He is the new administrator of Clay County, which has a workforce of about 450, compared to 300 employees for Becker County. Clay County's budget is about $60 million, with a $27 million levy, both about a third bigger than Becker County's. Berg gave his 30-day notice in late June and his last day in Becker County will be July 23. He was selected from a field of five finalists, and Clay County commissioners praised the quality of those finalists but said Berg rose above the rest throughout th
A three-judge panel has ruled that a candidate for the Burlington Township Board did not make false campaign statements, despite claims from opponents. Gary Larsen, a former Burlington Township board member, unsuccessfully attempted to regain his seat in March. His campaign was supported by Brian Smith, who won a seat on the township board in March of 2009. Both were accused by Wallace Fatland of Frazee of recklessly campaigning in the Larsen race on information they knew was false. The matter came before three administrative law judges for a hearing on May 27. The burden of proof wa
A Park Rapids man was injured in a broadside accident Monday evening near Downer. David C. Velazquez, 37, of Park Rapids suffered non life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol. He was westbound on Clay County Road 71 in a 1995 Subaru Legacy when he failed to stop for a stop sign at the junction of Highway 9, north of Downer. The Subaru was hit broadside by a 2007 Chevy K15, northbound on Highway 9, driven by Chad D. Sogge, 37, of Barnesville.