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The city of Detroit Lakes is experiencing some knocks in the plumbing along the way to a $2 million improvement project at its water treatment plant. First the public utilities department was unable to land federal stimulus money -- it had hoped for a grant to cover about a third of the cost -- and then bids came in higher than expected. They range from about $1.8 million to $2.2 million, but city officials had hoped to see bids in the $1.5 million range, because it was hoped contractors would be hungry for work because of the recession. The city has put the bids on a 60-day hold while
A Lake Park woman was seriously injured Monday afternoon by a protective mother cow after taking some children to see its calf. Mindi Mikkelsen, of the 2000 block of Second Street, Lake Park, suffered seven broken ribs on her right side and a laceration to her liver, according to her husband, Jason Mikkelson. Mikkelsen was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to MeritCare hospital in Fargo, where she is still hospitalized. Mikkelsen, who runs a daycare service, was planning to show four or five of the children in her care a calf, which the mother cow "didn't care for," Jason Mikkelsen said.
The Shriners have long been known for their support of children's hospitals around the country, but the Detroit Lakes Shrine Club also likes to help local causes -- including the Boys and Girls Club. That's why the Shriners are sponsoring Mystification, a magic and vaudeville act that will be at the Holmes Theater at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug.
The Lake Park-Audubon School District appears likely to put a new operating levy referendum before voters this year. Judging from preliminary discussion Monday, the school board is leaning towards a seven-year levy that would raise either $695 or $795 per student each year. That's up from a $500-per-pupil operating levy now in effect. A $695-per-student levy would bring in about $150,000 more each year than the current operating levy, which expires after next year. The district could actually use more money -- some board members talked wistfully of a $900-per-pupil levy -- but voters a
The final three charges have been dropped against well-known hog farmer Robert William Briard, 62, of 38501 County Road 56, Frazee. He was facing three gross misdemeanor counts of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct for alleged nonconsensual sexual contact with a woman over a four to five year period in various places in Becker County, according to court records. Briard was acquitted by a Becker County jury on Dec. 17, 2008 on first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct charges involving a girl under the age of 13.
Three people were hurt when their Ford Explorer was hit broadside on Highway 10 in Otter Tail County on Friday afternoon. Injured were Rochelle L. Ollila, 51, of Menahga, the driver of the 1994 Ford Explorer, and passengers Wayne Ollila, 47, of Menahga and a 9-year-old identified only as S. Jewel. They were transported by Tri-County Ambulance to Tri-County Hospital in Wadena, with what the State Patrol said were non life-threatening injuries. The Explorer was hit broadside by a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Ruth Koljonen, 47, of New York Mills.
A Detroit Lakes man faces six felony counts -- including four counts of criminal vehicular homicide -- for allegedly causing a van rollover that killed four people and injured two others on County Road 37 on the morning of July 4. Chad Eric Stewart, 26, of 810 East Central St. No. 10, Detroit Lakes was allegedly the driver of the van, which left the roadway and struck a field approach about 2:40 a.m. about 30 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes. Gregory Norcross, 45, of Ponsford was among those who died.
Uproar over a paving project on Eagle Lake Road has caused the Burlington Township chairwoman to submit her resignation and has resulted in a proxy war fought through letters to the editors of newspapers in Detroit Lakes and Frazee. On the one side is township supervisor Brian Smith and his ally, former supervisor Gary Larsen. Both have written letters critical of the board decision to resurface Eagle Lake Road, on which chairwoman Kathleen Froelich resides. On the other side is supervisor Dave Green and Froelich, whose resignation has not yet been accepted by the board.
A chimney fire caused minor damage at the Fireside Restaurant late Saturday evening, but no one was injured and the restaurant wasopen for dinner Sunday. The fire occurred in the charcoal grill about 11:30 p.m. and was quickly handled by the Detroit Lakes Fire Department. The restaurant was closed for its usual Sunday brunch today in order to clean up, but opened Sunday for dinner as usual, according to restaurant manager Wade Heapy.
A Toad Lake man was seriously injured Thursday afternoon after being run over by a tractor in the Toad Lake area. Michael Leroy Horstmann, 57, was taken by air ambulance to Innovis Hospital in Fargo. No condition report was available Friday afternoon. The accident happened while Horstmann and his son, Lee Michael Horstmann, 30, were trying to jump-start a John Deere 4630 tractor with a pickup truck and jumper cables.