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A Detroit Lakes man faces six felony counts -- including four counts of criminal vehicular homicide -- for allegedly causing a van rollover that killed four people and injured two others on County Road 37 on the morning of July 4. Chad Eric Stewart, 26, of 810 East Central St. No. 10, Detroit Lakes was allegedly the driver of the van, which left the roadway and struck a field approach about 2:40 a.m. about 30 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes. Gregory Norcross, 45, of Ponsford was among those who died.
Uproar over a paving project on Eagle Lake Road has caused the Burlington Township chairwoman to submit her resignation and has resulted in a proxy war fought through letters to the editors of newspapers in Detroit Lakes and Frazee. On the one side is township supervisor Brian Smith and his ally, former supervisor Gary Larsen. Both have written letters critical of the board decision to resurface Eagle Lake Road, on which chairwoman Kathleen Froelich resides. On the other side is supervisor Dave Green and Froelich, whose resignation has not yet been accepted by the board.
A chimney fire caused minor damage at the Fireside Restaurant late Saturday evening, but no one was injured and the restaurant wasopen for dinner Sunday. The fire occurred in the charcoal grill about 11:30 p.m. and was quickly handled by the Detroit Lakes Fire Department. The restaurant was closed for its usual Sunday brunch today in order to clean up, but opened Sunday for dinner as usual, according to restaurant manager Wade Heapy.
A Toad Lake man was seriously injured Thursday afternoon after being run over by a tractor in the Toad Lake area. Michael Leroy Horstmann, 57, was taken by air ambulance to Innovis Hospital in Fargo. No condition report was available Friday afternoon. The accident happened while Horstmann and his son, Lee Michael Horstmann, 30, were trying to jump-start a John Deere 4630 tractor with a pickup truck and jumper cables.
Anyone trying to bring drugs into the 10,000 Lakes Festival this week would have had to run a gauntlet of state troopers, including 10 with drug-sniffing K-9 dogs and troopers teamed with commercial vehicle inspectors who were stopping trucks. Several felony drug arrests were made during traffic stops and have been turned over to the Becker County Attorney's Office for prosecution, said State Patrol Capt.
A Detroit Lakes man and a White Earth woman were among three people injured in a T-bone accident on Highway 71 in Wadena County. According to the State Patrol, the crash occurred about 10:15 p.m. Saturday after a 2001 Buick LeSabre that was on the southbound shoulder made a U-turn in front of a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was southbound on Highway 71. The Grand Cherokee hit the Buick broadside, sending the driver of the Buick and two passengers in the car to St. Joseph's Hospital in Park Rapids. The driver of the Buick was Tamara C.
Traffic was stopped both ways on Highway 59 north of Dunvilla Friday afternoon after a motorhome caught fire. According to the State Patrol, a 1995 Ford motorhome caught fire about 2:15 p.m. and traffic backed up both ways until the fire was put out by the Pelican Rapids Fire Department. No injuries were reported. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department assisted at the scene.
Contrary to what some believe, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources does not manage water levels on the Ottertail River for the benefit of tubing businesses. And recent work on a dam on Hubbel Pond has not caused the Ottertail River's water level to drop, according to DNR Area Wildlife Supervisor Earl Johnson. The Ottertail flows through Hubbel Pond. Hubbel Pond Game Refuge is located immediately south of the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge off County Road 29. A contractor is in the process of building a new dam to hold back the 500-acre water impoundment.
A 17-year-old Audubon boy was arrested and faces multiple charges after allegedly stealing a pickup truck, boat and trailer early Thursday morning and leading Detroit Lakes police on a short chase that ended with him smashing into a tree on West Avenue. The pickup and boat were reported stolen at 12:22 a.m. Thursday from a residence on the 600 block of Sixth Street in Audubon. At about 11 p.m.
Though you might not know it by looking at the long police report, the Independence Day weekend in Detroit Lakes was actually a little quieter than usual. The band Night Storm of Menomonie, Wis., canceled its show on Friday evening at the Pavilion because there weren't enough people there. Those who showed up Friday were given armbands for free admittance to Saturday's dance, said band spokesman Mike Checkalski. Saturday's event went well and the band will likely be back next year, he added. The Detroit Lakes city parks staff kept busy over the holiday weekend, said public works direct