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The Becker County Jail has problems with plumbing, leaks and other infrastructure issues and is not designed to protect the safety of inmates and staff, said Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander, who led reporters on a tour of the jail Wednesday. The county has spent about $100,000 to upgrade the 43-bed jail enough so the state Department of Corrections will allow it to remain open for a few years, until a new jail is built. The jail, located in the old south courthouse annex above the Sheriff’s Office, was originally built in 1979, then expanded in 1990. Out of sight
With aging infrastructure and an outdated design, the state says the Becker County Jail doesn’t cut it anymore.
A heavily-armed Ogema man was arrested Wednesday after a domestic assault complaint that allegedly involved a gun. Ryan Degroat, 28, was arrested about noon after the alleged victim had left the residence and notified police. Police responded in force because of Degroat’s criminal history and because the victim reported that he had multiple weapons in the residence. Due to the suspect’s previous history and the certainty of firearms in the residence, an arrest-search warrant was drafted, Becker County She
An Audubon man was involved in a two-vehicle broadside collision Friday on Highway 34 in Clay County. One person was injured in the crash. According to the State Patrol, the...
From its early roots in the fight for the vote, the League of Women Voters has grown into a strong voice on voter rights and election issues. The non-partisan group works on voter education, advocates removing barriers to voting and pushes for election reform.
When companies in northwestern Minnesota and North Dakota need help with exporting their goods and services, they can turn to Heather Ranck for help. Whether they’re looking to export farm equipment, airplanes or a college degree, Ranck has the expertise and contacts to overcome trade difficulties and help find reliable overseas distributors. She is an international trade specialist and office director for the U.S. Commercial Service in Fargo, a division of the Department of Commerce. “We are a full-service export-assistor of the U.S. government,” she says.
Jim Fry of Detroit Lakes has never had the use of his eyes, but he has made up for it through the use of his ears – he’s been tuning and repairing pianos by ear and by touch for more than 30 years now. Fry, 65, has no plans to retire. He enjoys what he does, is in good health and intends to keep tuning and fixing pianos for many years. “Every now and then a rumor crops up that I’m retired,” he says. “I am not. I have no intention of retiring as long as I feel good and can do this job.” Blind at an early age
A Mahnomen man was injured Tuesday when his pickup truck was rear-ended by a car on Highway 10 near Verndale. Curtis G. Markert, 75, of Mahnomen suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according...
Five people were injured in a two-vehicle collision Friday evening on Highway 108 west of Pelican Rapids. The crash occurred when a westbound 2007 Chevy Impala lost control and spun...
Thanks to some not-so-gentle nudging by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the city of Detroit Lakes in the next few years will be building a new wastewater treatment plant expected to cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $30 million. The city hopes to offset some of those costs by applying for $4-$6 million in grants and through low-interest loans, but most of it will have to come from higher wastewater utility bills – the average DL resident will eventually pay about $35 a month more. That doubling of the current sewer rate on the utility bill over the next five years is just a b