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A new initiative to help protect songbirds that migrate between Minnesota and Costa Rica will be the focus of a presentation Friday night by DNR Nongame Wildlife Supervisor Carrol Henderson. The Friends of the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District will host its sixth annual “Back to the Wetlands” fundraiser on Friday in Detroit Lakes. This year’s event will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. Tickets are $30 per person. (Henderson will also speak at the DL Public Library at 7 p.m.
Concerned about runoff into Little Detroit Lake and other zoning issues, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is threatening legal action against Detroit Lakes if the city council approves the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Hotel project near the beach. The new hotel is proposed for the existing Capri Motel site on Washington Avenue. The city Planning Commission and Community Development Committee both recommended approval of the new hotel, despite a Feb.
A Pelican Rapids man was injured in a series of crashes and erratic driving incidents Saturday evening in Pelican Rapids. Jerald A. Jacobson, 54, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to the...
One of the toughest things about being a judge is handling the emotional caseload, seeing on a daily basis the often-troubled lives of the accused, the turmoil they put their families through and the suffering of their victims. Sally Ireland Robertson, 66, has been a district judge in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District for 19 years, longer than all but two of the 28 judges in the 7th district. She is chambered in Wadena, but commutes and handles cases in both Wadena County and Becker County. “The hardest part,” she says, are cases involving “people who have done something that impa
For Becker County District Judge Jay Carlson, a big part of the job is to help people. “You have the opportunity to help them and their families,” he said. “If you don’t like helping people, you should do something else.” Of course, a judge also has to help in the search for justice, and a good judge also needs to be ready to sometimes “stand between the people and the government, be it social services or law enforcement,” he said. That’s part of the balancing act the Constitution uses to keep the three branches of government in check. Carlson, 61, has deep roots in the area.
A motorcyclist from Ogema was hurt when he was sideswiped by a pickup truck Friday evening on Highway 10 and McHugh Road. Travis J. Fairbanks, 24, of Ogema suffered non-life-threatening...
Two of Becker County’s top leadership positions will be filled this spring. John Dinesmore will head the county’s Human Services Department and Eric Evenson-Marden will oversee the county’s zoning and planning operations. Dinesmore has extensive experience in human services with the state of Minnesota as the interim director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services and director of county relations for the Minnesota Department of Social Services. His experiences range from heading Otter Tail County’s Human Services Department to being a mental health program director at North Dakota State Co
Matthew Shane Michener, 27, of Rochert has been charged with second- and third-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into M State and Michael’s Furniture on separate occasions, according to Detroit Lakes Police Sgt. Robert Strand. Michener was arrested at approximately 3:45 p.m.
With six weeks left in the Legislative session, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is hoping to sway lawmakers to use some of the projected $1.9 billion surplus for business tax...
Charges may be filed as early as today (Wednesday) on a man believed to be responsible for a burglary at M State. The suspect was in custody Tuesday and police are crediting the public for quickly identifying the person of interest. M State’s surveillance cameras captured images of someone who broke into the school early Monday morning.