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The Lake Park-Audubon School Board is looking at doing what it can to improve its two school buildings. "We're looking right now at facility alternatives, something that involves more remodeling than new construction, since new construction doesn't seem to be where this district is headed at this time," said School Board Member Rick Ellsworth, who sits on the Building and Grounds Committee. "Everything is tentative right now," he added. Architect Tim Zerr of Fargo is working on the plans, and the resulting building bond could be on the ballot in the general election Nov.
The Becker County Attorney's Office is seeking to have a former Frazee man indefinitely committed as a sexually dangerous person. Brandy Owen Lewis, 35, is currently in Stillwater state prison. He has a history of sexual contact with girls, including a 9-year-old he babysat when he was 16, and a girl under the age of 12 he had intercourse with five times when he was 24. He reported sexual and physical abuse from foster brothers, and said three of eight foster fathers had sexually abused him. At one point he reported that an "evil thing" visited him and told him to do evil things.
At a contentious omnibus hearing Friday, an attorney for murder suspect Kenneth Andersen submitted a flurry of motions, and lambasted the Becker County Sheriff's Department and County Attorney's Office for taping confidential attorney-client cell phone calls. Andersen, 34, of Waubun, was indicted by a Becker County grand jury in September for first-degree, premeditated homicide in the April 13 shooting death of Chad Swedberg, which occurred while he was processing maple syrup near his home in rural Ogema. Sheriff's Captain Joe McArthur on Friday testified that the jail did indeed tape cel
DETROIT LAKES -- A homeowner doing renovation work at 601 Davis Avenue got a scare Sunday evening when he pulled up flooring and discovered bones and a remnant of fabric -- that looked like it could have once been clothing -- in a crawl space under the house. He called police, who asked a local medical officer to determine if the pieces of bone were human, according to Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena. The medical officer wasn't sure if the bones were human, so the on-duty sergeant talked to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which agreed to send a team to the scene to assi
OSAGE -- A school bus-pickup truck collision near Osage Wednesday afternoon left the pickup driver injured. No one on the Park Rapids School District bus was injured in the collision, which occurred on an icy 90-degree corner on Washington Avenue, a township road about a mile northwest of Osage, according to Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon. The driver of the Ford pickup, Mahlon Edgar Edmonson, 59, of Osage was taken to St. Joseph's hospital in Park Rapids for treatment.
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LAKE PARK -- A first-year teacher at Lake Park-Audubon high school has resigned following allegations of inappropriate contact with a female high school student. Jared Sanborn served as a business teacher and technology coordinator for the LP-A district this year until his resignation Jan. 14. In past years he has also coached junior high football and boys basketball, according to Superintendent Dale Hogie. "We had a third-party issue a complaint Dec.
AUDUBON -- Teachers in Lake Park-Audubon will see a two-year pay increase of 2.9 percent under a contract ratified recently by the School Board and the teachers' union. The school board and the Lake Park Audubon Education Association completed their negotiations earlier this month. District costs for salary, salary benefits, and health insurance will increase by 1.88 percent for Year 1 and the Year 2 increase will be 2.01 percent.
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The Lake Park-Audubon took several housekeeping measures at its annual reorganizational meeting on Thursday. Vicky Grondahl was re-elected board chairwoman, with Lori Bartunek vice chairwoman, Dale Binde treasurer and Rick Ellsworth clerk. Ellsworth was also named representative to the BCCI Board. Art Dux was approved as the official census taker at $1,800.