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Becker County Board District 3 candidates John Okeson and Gerry Schram participated in a candidate forum Thursday at M State, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. In his opening statement, Okeson pointed to deep roots in Becker County. He has a lot of family in the Holmesville-Richwood area, where he was raised on a dairy farm. He has two children and five grandchildren, and worked for 42 years with the county highway department, mostly in supervision and administration positions.
There's a lot more to being a pharmacist than pouring pills from a big bottle into a little bottle. The key parts of the job are to make sure the right pills get into that little bottle, and especially that medications don't negatively interact with each other. Pharmacists also talk with patients -- sometimes people who tend to avoid doctors -- and sometimes, those pharmacists save lives in the process. At the Sanford Clinic pharmacy in Detroit Lakes, the job also entails making IV solutions and topical anesthetics for the same-day surgery unit. And for registered pharmacist Julie Kauf
Housing construction is picking up this year, after several years of being in the doldrums. "I do see it getting better, it's coming along fairly good," said Allen Keller, owner of GCI Builders of St. Cloud. He owns the Golden Bay Shores development on Deadshot Bay. "I think people are excited," he said.
Bras are decorating the front of the Norby's Department Store along Washington Avenue as part of the Bras with a Cause fund-raiser this week. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Also a part of the event is a Little Pink Dress Party on Friday beginning at 4 p.m. at Seven Sisters Spirits with a cheese and wine tasting. The party moves over to Little Easy on the Green at the Detroit Country Club. Tickets are $30 (or $50 for two) and are available at Leighton Broadcasting.
Two sitting county commissioners will face off in the Nov. 6 general election -- a showdown that came about because redistricting put them both in the same new district. The new District 3 encompasses the townships of Lakeview, Burlington, Erie and Holmesville. Gerry Schram has been on the board for four years and John Okeson has been a commissioner for two years. Schram, 66, is retired from car sales at Norseman Motors, where he worked for over 34 years. Okeson, 64, worked at the Becker County Highway Department for more than 40 years, retiring as maintenance supervisor.
Great North Pizza Co. is up and running, with its signature hand-rolled crust pizza for sale in bars and grocery stores from Mahnomen to Wahpeton. The fledgling Detroit Lakes business is owned by Zach Taves, operations manager, Becca Taves, office manager and Andrew Satter, sales manager. They make five varieties of 13-inch pizzas -- starting with hand-rolled dough they make themselves in a giant mixer.
If the Voter ID amendment passes, it could cost Becker County as much as $500,000, according to Becker County Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen, who is in charge of local elections. The Voter ID Act is one of two constitutional amendments (the other is an anti-gay marriage amendment) placed on the Nov.
Do-it-yourself landscaping can help beautify your yard in so many different ways, it's hard to know where to begin -- from layering flowers to installing water features to giving your yard year-round interest. Here are some tips from the experts at About.com: Bring in the reinforcements. Perennials are a good, inexpensive way to keep your flower beds blooming year after year. But they only bloom for so long each season.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say they are exempt from paying deed transfer taxes on foreclosed property they have handled -- so Becker County has joined a class action lawsuit against the two large mortgage agencies. It's a low-risk, low-reward proposition for Becker County, since the county only has to help pay for the lawsuit if it is successful -- and it doesn't stand to gain a whole lot even if it wins. But it means roughly $11 million across Minnesota -- 97 percent of which will go into state coffers. At issue are deed transfer taxes that amount to $330 (.0033 percent) on the sale of