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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.
Move over Mahube-Otwa and the City of Detroit Lakes, Becker County is now considering the Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation to take over its housing program. “We’ve been looking at Mahube and Detroit Lakes and are still considering Detroit Lakes, but we’ve had some really good conversations with MMCDC,” said County Administrator Jack Ingstad. The county has a wide variety of housing, from 25 houses scattered across Detroit Lakes, Audubon, Callaway, Lake Park and Frazee to a 12-unit townhome development in Detroit Lakes for formerly homeless families. It also runs the
Patrons at KFC restaurant got a jolt Saturday evening when a minivan hit the northwest side of the building. The driver of the 2008 Chrysler Town and Country, a 17-year-old Ogema girl, was not injured in the accident. She told police she had pulled into a parking space there, then decided to leave, but forgot to put the van into reverse, then panicked and hit the accelerator harder, sending the van into the side of the building. A customer, Ely Reiss Despiegler, was sitting with his back to the wall where the vehicle hit, and the impact caused him to be pushed forward in his seat, acc
Due to rail maintenance, Willow Street in Detroit Lakes will be closed at the Canadian Pacific Railroad Crossing between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8. Motorists will be required to use an alternate route during this time.
Two people were hurt in a two-car crash this morning on Highway 10 in Otter Tail County. According to the State Patrol: The crash was reported about 6:30 a.m. when...