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An early morning fire destroyed the home of an 86-year-old Detroit Lakes man Tuesday. The fire is believed to have started in the basement of the house at 820 West Avenue, possibly from a wood-burning stove, according to Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Dave Baer. He told KDLM Radio that the house was fully involved, with flames shooting through the roof, when firefighters arrived about 1 a.m. No one was injured in the fire. Baer said the man lived there alone. He woke up, saw the smoke and made his way out safely.
Becker County has earned the highest rating on its latest audit, but there is still room for minor improvements. Auditor Colleen Hoffman, of Hoffman, Dale and Swenson of Thief River Falls, presented commissioners with a report Tuesday saying Becker County has earned the top mark of excellence for its audit. "You've earned the 'unqualified opinion,' which is the best you can get," she said.
There is a lot of concern out there about zebra mussels invading area lakes -- if the turnout at the Becker County Board meeting Tuesday is any indication. An estimated 75 people showed up to learn about aquatic invasive species like zebra mussels and hear a plan of action for keeping them out of Becker County lakes. At risk could be the county's tourism, property values and way of life, said Terry Kalil, the vice president of the Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA). "There's a bullseye on Becker County," Kalil told county commissioners.
The Becker County Board is serious about wanting to work with other units of government to save money and improve services. On Tuesday it hosted a commissioners' room full of officials from townships, cities, school districts -- even the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Think outside the box "You know what? This is a brainstorming session," said County Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen. "Just throw anything out there.
With invasive zebra mussels being found in Pelican and Rose lakes, just outside the Becker County line in Otter Tail County, the Becker County Board wants to do what it can to protect lakes in Becker County. After a plea for help from Terry Kalil, the vice president of the Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations, County Board Chairman Barry Nelson said the county will set up a committee or task force to look at how best to protect county lakes. "COLA can't do this alone anymore," Kalil told commissioners Tuesday.
The twin Detroit Lakes ice arenas are going to be downright pleasurable places to drop the puck this winter. There are new hockey boards and plexiglass in the main arena, along with fresh paint and handicapped-accessible bleachers. The secondary arena is much brighter now, with new lighting, new insulation and fresh paint.
There's going to be new municipal liquor store in Detroit Lakes, much larger than the existing liquor store, with many more parking spaces --and it's going to be located on the Burger Time site. The City Council voted 6-3 Thursday to proceed with the estimated $3.9 million dollar project and to go with the Burger Time site, which actually includes additional adjacent property, including the former coin laundry property and several privately owned parcels. Aldermen Bruce Imholte, Ron Zeman and Al Brevik voted against a motion by G.L.
There's going to be new municipal liquor store in Detroit Lakes, much larger than the existing liquor store, with many more parking spaces --and it's going to be located on the Burger Time site. The City Council voted 6-3 Thursday to proceed with the estimated $3.9 million project and to go with the Burger Time site, which actually includes additional adjacent property, including the former coin laundry property and several privately owned parcels. Aldermen Bruce Imholte, Ron Zeman and Al Brevik voted against a motion by G.L.
Becker County is not going to be able to avoid major redistricting, and it will not be an easy process, predicted County Board Chairman Barry Nelson on Tuesday. "This is not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination -- we're not going to accommodate all of the commissioners by any means," he said. Detroit Lakes wards 2 and 3, in the southern two-thirds of the city, may become a commissioner district in themselves.
"Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits." -- Henry David Thoreau, Wild Apples Garden-grown tomatoes, beans and sweet corn all have their day in the sun, God love them, but don't forget about the fruits of autumn, especially the glorious apple. Apple season is well underway, and if you don't have trees of your own, or want to try some different varieties, there are several orchards in the area where you can get your fill. In Audubon, David Gottenborg and his family sell apples from their orchard at a cozy stand just off Highway 10 on County Road 11. Gottenborg is a chiropractor in Pe