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The Lake Park-Audubon School District is about $440,000 in the black through July 30, and the district's auditing firm is expected to present the annual audit at the district's regular meeting next month. District residents will likely be asked next year to vote for continuation of the existing $500-per-pupil excess operating levy, which raises about $100 per $100,000 homestead each year. That levy is critical for meeting the district budget. "We have to renew the levy by November of 2010, and it makes sense to do it next fall in November," said Board Member Dale Binde, who reported on b
Several Lake Park-Audubon School Board members would like to approach the district's building needs in stages, and argued in favor Monday of a smaller, $3 million building bond referendum that would simply renovate the elementary school in Audubon. School Board Members Jeff Swetland and Dale Binde believe that a limited, elementary school-only referendum would be approved by voters Nov.
DETROIT LAKES - It wasn't a banner year for the 10,000 Lakes Festival. A 17-year-old girl died of as-yet unknown causes while camping at the festival, and organizers say an upstart concert in Wisconsin cut attendance at 10KLF to half of the 15,000 fans who showed up last year. "From an organizational standpoint, it was the best it's ever been," said Chyrll Sparks of FACE, Inc., a partner in 10KLF. "The event has matured.
Five people suffered minor injuries Sunday when a go-cart veered into the crowd watching the Northwest Water Carnival Parade in Detroit Lakes. The Shriner go-carts are designed to do wheelies when the driver accelerates quickly -- the driver's seat goes back and the front wheels go up in the air. That's what happened on Sunday when the accelerator stuck on one go-cart, according to one witness, Detroit Lakes firefighter Steve Spaeth. "I was across the street," he said.
DETROIT LAKES - A new law requiring American flags sold in Minnesota to have been made in the U.S.A. has not hurt sales, and may have helped, according to some Detroit Lakes retailers. "We've probably sold more of them, now that people are hearing about it," said Dan Purkat, store manager at L&M Fleet. "We only had one imported flag, anyway -- a little hand-held flag. People have always been willing to pay a little more to get the U.S.
A request for a new trial from Kenneth Eugene Andersen Jr., 35, has been denied. Andersen, of rural Waubun, was convicted last month of first-degree murder in the April 13, 2007, shooting death of Chad Swedberg of rural Ogema. His attorney, Simon George of Detroit Lakes, filed a motion June 18 for a new trial, on the basis of "interests of justice, abuse of discretion and misconduct by the state," according to court records. At a short hearing Wednesday, District Judge Peter Irvine -- who also presided at the murder trial -- heard arguments from Andersen and from Becker County Attorney
LAKE PARK - How about a new pre-K-6 elementary school in Audubon this year and new 7-12 school in Lake Park next year? That was the idea proposed by Lake Park-Audubon School Board Member Dale Binde at a special meeting Monday in Lake Park. "If I'm going to have a (referendum) vote, I want it to pass," he said. "If it isn't going to pass, maybe it's time to move on to something else. Maybe it's time to ask the community -- do you want a school, or not?
DETROIT LAKES - Minnesota could see the highest voter turnout in years this November, and state and local officials are doing what they can to be prepared, according to Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. "We're in the process of getting people ready for the biggest year -- 80 in '08," Ritchie said in an interview.
LAKE PARK - The Lake Park-Audubon School Board may or may not put a new building proposal before the voters in November, but it still has to take care of its existing buildings. That's why the board approved the lower of two quotes of $11,241 for boiler repair from Precision Mechanical.
LAKE PARK - After a long discussion Monday evening, one thing was clear: The Lake Park-Audubon School Board is torn over whether to put a building bond referendum on the November ballot. On the one hand, high gas prices and concerns about a shaky economy have some school board members wondering if the district should "take a breather," as Dale Binde put it, and leave the referendum off the November ballot. "Over the last couple weeks, I've talked to several community members that are for the new facility, but think we should take a breather and come back at it later," Binde said. "I thin