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Jury selection begin Monday in the murder trial of Ken Andersen of rural Waubun. By the end of the day, attorneys from both sides had agreed on five jurors and four more had been excused from service. Andersen, 34, 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. Assistant Attorney General Al Zdrazil is handling prosecution of the case, along with County Attorney Mike Fritz. Attorney Rory Durkin, of Giancola Law
The Lake Park-Audubon School District brought in an expert on school construction from the state to answer questions about renovation versus building new schools. John Ryberg, school facilities specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education, spoke to about 40 people in Lake Park Tuesday evening. He toured the schools in Lake Park and Audubon and said older sections of the buildings have effectively outlived their usefulness. Be it renovation, new construction, or even consolidation with neighboring districts, LP-A needs to take action, he said. He confirmed what the district has
There was a lot of pain in the eyes of crime victims as they told their stories, but also a lot of support from audience members Tuesday at a victims' forum sponsored by the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center. Some 30-40 people attended the forum in Detroit Lakes, including a half-dozen teenage girls who clearly emphasized with two teenage victims of incest. Kayla, a sophomore, and Kirsten, a senior, were abused for years by the man who was supposed to protect them from bad things -- their father and stepfather. Kayla, now 15 and a strong Christian, said the abuse left her suicidal. "So
Think this has been the weirdest spring weather in memory?
The Becker County Auditor-Treasurer's Office has been hearing some complaints from residents in the Frazee-Vergas School District about higher-than-expected property tax increases from the school operating referendum passed in November. "Originally, when tax statements went out, people were upset," said Becker County Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen.
In an effort to make clear to the public the state's position on remodeling a school versus building new, the Lake Park -Audubon School Board will play host to a key decision-maker with the Minnesota Department of Education. John Ryberg will be at the high school theater in Lake Park at 6 p.m.
The Becker County area got about 5 inches of wet, heavy snow Thursday night and Friday morning as another spring snowstorm moved across the region. A lot of cars have gone off roadways in the county, largely because of driver inattention, said Sheriff Tim Gordon. "There have been no injury accident as of yet this morning," he said about 9:30 a.m. today.
Christmas came early over the weekend -- at least for kids enjoying a day off from school today.
The Becker County Sheriff's Department reported lots of activity, including cars in the ditch and fender-benders on Sunday afternoon, according to a dispatcher, who was too busy to talk to a reporter. The Becker County area can expect from six inches to a foot of snow today, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued a no-travel advisory for much of north-central and Northwest Minnesota, including Becker, Mahnomen, Otter Tail and Hubbard counties. At about 11 a.m.
Faced with increased need and a drop in donations, the community stepped up and made this year a record-breaker for food and cash donations to the Becker County Food Pantry. The food pantry received 77,602 pounds of food and dollars -- they are considered equal for the food pantry's purposes --following a big donation blitz in March. Last year at this time the food pantry had collected 60,509 pounds of food and dollars. "The previous high we had was 68,453 pounds or dollars in 2005, said Food Pantry Director Jack Berenz. "We had a good, a good year this year.