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The flowering rush that uglifies the city beach in Detroit Lakes every summer is sort of the mystery man of the invasive species crowd -- not a whole lot is known about how to kill or control it. That's because its impact is largely limited to a few Minnesota lakes, and so it's up to the locals to figure out a solution to the problem. Frustrated by lack of progress in its attacks on flowering rush that date back to the 1980s, the Pelican River Watershed District is considering a new approach. That means understanding the enemy.
Detroit Lakes police were kept busy last week with the unexpected deaths of four people over three days in separate incidents. Those who died include a 3-month old boy, an 11-year-old boy, a 48-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man. Foul play is not suspected in any of the deaths, but a routine autopsy has been ordered in at least one case. According to Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena, on Tuesday at 4:19 p.m. an emergency call was received from a licensed daycare on the 1300 block of Pelican Lane. A 3-month-old boy was not breathing.
In July of 2007, the Lake Park-Audubon School District approved what was then a somewhat radical idea -- provide extra help for struggling students in kindergarten, first and second grades. The conventional approach was to essentially wait until those children to fail, then put them in special education programs later in elementary school to try to get them caught up. Most of those students never left special education once they entered it. The new program, called Response to Intervention, aimed to lower the percentage of special education students at LP-A, which usually hovered around 1
The Lake Park-Audubon School Board accepted the resignation of girls basketball head coach Andrew Schwan and assistant coach Darrin Myhre on Thursday. They both resigned from teaching, coaching and other positions at LP-A following allegations of impropriety with players during a tournament in St. Cloud. Schwan taught social studies and Myhre taught business education. The district will advertise to fill those vacancies. The St. Cloud Police Department is investigating the allegations.
No good deed goes unpunished. Becker County found that out this week with the unveiling of Gov.
Ken Lymburner of Osage is no fish out of water when it comes to carving and painting wooden spearing decoys -- but that's what his work looks like -- exactly like fish out of water. Working mostly from photos, he makes walleye, crappies, northern pike, blue gills, golden trout -- even arctic churn and humpbacked salmon come to life under his chisels and airbrush. You can see them hanging over the dining area at Cindy Q's café in Osage, where many customers mistake them for the real thing, said owner Cindy Hart and employee Joyce Tretbar. Some, including a few who are woodcarvers themselv
Two elderly Becker County residents were found dead outside their residences on Sunday, according to the Becker County Sheriff's Department. Foul play is not suspected in either case. Charlie Stone, 87, of Pine Point was found lying outside in the driveway between two residences at about 8 a.m. He had heart problems and other underlying medical conditions. By the time he was found, there was no chance of resuscitation. Eileen Radley, 80, of Osage was found lying outside her home after a neighbor came over to give her a Valentine's Day present. She had apparently been changing a bur
Efforts to re-open Detroit Mountain ski area appear to be snowballing, judging by a campaign on email and Facebook. An email message has been circulating widely, and more than 700 people have become members of a Facebook page called Bring Back the Mountain. "The county commissioners have been presented with an opportunity to acquire the Detroit Mountain property by trading some tax-forfeited land," Lakeshirts co-owner Mark Fritz said in an email message to friends. "The way I understand it, there would be little or no cost to the county and there would be zero tax consequences to the ta
Chad Eric Stewart was found guilty on six felony counts Friday afternoon related to a July 4 crash near Ponsford that killed four people and seriously injured two others. There were tears on both sides of the aisle, and Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon led about 10 of Stewart's family mem-bers to his office from the courtroom to answer any questions. A jury of nine women and three men deliberated about three and a half hours before reaching a decision around 3:30 p.m. Friday. District Judge Peter Irvine ordered a pre-sentence investigation.