- Member for
- 1 year 8 months
Here's an update on the legal status of Frazee hog farmers Robert and Virginia Briard, who both face felony charges in Becker County District Court. Although court dates shift frequently, especially with high-profile cases, here are the current dates and charges: Robert Briard, 62, was acquitted by a jury on Dec. 17 of first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct charges involving a girl under the age of 13. Those incidents allegedly occurred in the 1980s. But he is still charged with felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a girl under the age of 13.
A mobile home was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon on the 21000 block of County Road 6. No one was hurt in the fire, which was reported at 5:38 p.m.
Christmas was a lot merrier than it would have otherwise been for dozens of U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq, thanks to 88 area residents who sent Christmas care packages and letters through David-Donehower Funeral Home. The stockings were stuffed with a wide variety of goods, from small electronics to batteries to beef jerky and pumpkin seeds, said funeral director Shawn Nygaard, who helped spearhead the effort. "The idea came up around Thanksgiving, and the entire staff wanted to send something over to the troops in Iraq," he said.
Virginia Briard turned herself in Tuesday morning. The wife of prominent Frazee hog farmer Robert Briard has been the focus of a law enforcement hunt since Dec. 9, when she first failed to appear at her husband's trial. A jury later acquitted him of felony first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Virginia Briard, 62, showed up at the Becker County Sheriff's Department dispatch window about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and surrendered to authorities.
Becker County is staying out of the assisted living business, at least for now. On a 3-2 vote, the county board on Tuesday voted down a proposal to purchase a 12-unit apartment complex in Lake Park. The complex would have served as an assisted living unit of the county-owned Sunnyside Care Center, located about three miles east of Lake Park on Highway 10. Sunnyside Administrator Katie Lundmark and Sunnyside board chairman Brad Grant went before the board earlier this month with a proposal to allow Sunnyside to purchase a 12-unit apartment complex in Lake Park for $265,000. The purchase
Think property tax rates in Detroit Lakes are way too high? Here's some cold comfort in this holiday season: Tax rates are a lot worse in similar-sized cities around the state. According to information from the League of Minnesota Cities, Detroit Lakes' tax rate is the lowest among 20 cities with populations ranging from 8,283 (Detroit Lakes) to 19,040 (Willmar). Detroit Lakes' rate is also lower than cities with populations that are smaller, such as East Grand Forks. Detroit Lakes residents benefit from a growing tax base and revenue from city-owned enterprises like the public utilit
As a not-a-very-merry Christmas present, the state has handed Becker County a $300,000 cut in state aid for this year. That's a 21 percent cut, but -- adding insult to injury -- the state is calling it a 1.7 percent cut. "That's so deceitful," said Becker County Administrator Brian Berg.
A blizzard that swept through the area dropped 11 inches of snow on Detroit Lakes Sunday and early Monday, according to KDLM Radio, which maintains a weather station in Detroit Lakes. Most people hunkered down and didn't try to travel during the storm, especially in the rural areas, according to Dick Goodmanson, Becker County Highway safety director. "The traveling public was good to us yesterday," he said this morning. "They stayed home." County snowplows were out Sunday until about 2:30 or 3 p.m., when they could no longer keep up with the snowfall.
Good thing there was a box of tissues next to the witness stand -- Thursday was an emotional day of testimony at the Robert Briard sexual abuse trial, as the victim and main prosecution witness took the stand. It was also a day of parry and thrust between Becker County Attorney Mike Fritz and defense attorney Earl Gray, with repeated objections raised by both sides, and frequent lengthy conferences at the bench before Judge Peter Irvine. At one point, Irvine sustained Fritz's objection that Gray was badgering the witness.
The legal jostling didn't let up much -- nor did the acrimony between families -- Friday at the Robert Briard trial. Briard, 62, of rural Frazee has been charged with felony first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly molesting a close relative on two occasions when she was 8 and 14.