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Kathie Sagmo of Detroit Lakes has been a stalwart Minnesota Vikings fan since 1962, a year after the professional football team was founded. Her wood-frame house on Lincoln Avenue is full of Vikings memorabilia and collectibles -- some given as gifts, some purchased at rummage sales, and some hand-made by her nieces and nephews. "You'd be surprised where you might see something (around the house)" she says. There's a handmade Vikings lampshade created by her sister, Kandy, who also made her a Vikings "diaper" featuring former receiver Randy Moss on the back. "That was when Randy Moss w
Some tidbits from the Lake Park-Audubon School Board meeting Tuesday: Board Chairwoman Vicky Grondahl reported that personnel conflict has been roiling the serenity of the space shared by the Early Childhood Family Education and Community Education programs. "We have 11 people trying to share a space that's way too small," she said.
Teachers in Lake Park-Audubon have agreed to a two-year contract that provides for essentially no pay increase the first year and only a minimal increase the second year. The overall cost to the district will be less than 1 percent, said Superintendent Dale Hogie. The teachers in effect agreed to a so-called hard freeze for the first year of the contract -- 2009-2010 -- and a so-called soft freeze for the second year -- 2010-2011. "It's commendable that our teachers agreed to a freeze," Hogie said. "It made it more difficult when neighboring districts were allowing (raises) ...
A trio of plaintiffs, including convicted murderer Kenneth Andersen and his one-time lawyer, have settled with Becker County's insurance cooperative for $104,000. A large percentage of the proposed settlement, perhaps as much as three-quarters, is expected to go to pay the group's legal firm, Sprenger and Lang of Minneapolis. The settlement includes the dismissal of the lawsuit, with no admission of legal responsibility by the county, said Becker County Attorney Mike Fritz. The civil suit, filed in federal court in Duluth, alleged that the Becker County Jail violated state and federal wi
Kids enjoyed the new "winter recreation" program at the Detroit Lakes Community Center last week -- even those that just showed up and had no idea it was going on. They were able to just join in, with no signing up or red tape, because the program is modeled after the popular "summer rec" program. The idea is to provide structured events -- anything from dodgeball to crafts -- and let anybody participate. "I like kickball the most, and whiffleball," said 9-year-old Gage Rogstad.
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Having trouble coming up with money to heat your house this winter? You're in good company. There has been a steady increase the past few years in local families seeking help with paying home heating bills. The good news is there is money still available for those who qualify. Nancy Cummings, energy programs coordinator for Mahube Community Council, says 2,920 applications have been completed so far this fiscal year for LIHEAP -- an acronym for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, a federal program that provides help with heating bills. All but 172 were approved.
Detroit Lakes tow truck operator Mike Smith lost a leg in a disaster drill gone wrong last year, but he's back at work -- thanks to a new truck, a prosthetic leg, and a lot of help from his family. "I've always liked to be around the sheriff's and fire departments," Smith said.
Most people in Becker County will see their property tax bill stay the same or even go down a bit next year. But changes in the state-orchestrated system have created some definite winners and losers, with some reporting big increases in their tax bill, while others (disabled veterans) are eligible to pay nothing at all. Lakeshore takes a hit For years, the state has shielded land that has rapidly grown in value, notably lakeshore, from the full impact of property taxes. But no more. The "Limited Market Value" safety net has been removed for property taxes payable in 2010.
With the cold snap, area lakes have been making ice like crazy -- bait shop owners report 3-5 inches on most lakes, and fish houses are sprouting up. But Little Detroit Lake just iced-over last Saturday, and Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon is advising no motorized travel on lakes this weekend. "We're looking at a good 4 inches (of ice on Little Detroit Lake) and growing," he said Thursday. "But we're advising, for the next week or so, no vehicles -- walking only.