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Sometimes it pays to wait a week or two. Becker County was able to save about $200,000 -- as opposed to saving about $150,000 -- by waiting a few days to refinance capital improvement bonds. The county accomplished this by not accepting any of the half-dozen or so refinancing bids it received from financial services firms at its meeting two weeks ago. Because of an unusually high number of city and county bond offerings nationwide on that particular Tuesday, the interest rate was not as favorable as expected. The county's bond advisors, Ehlers & Associates, suggested the county reject
Hail stones the size of golf balls and small baseballs smashed car windows west of Detroit Lakes this afternoon. A half-dozen cars in the SJE-Rhombus parking lot on County Road 6 had windows broken out by the hail stones. The storm was freakish in that one car would have serious damage, with multiple broken windows, deep dents and even hanging interior lights -- while one next to it seemed to have sustained little damage. Detroit Lakes itself apparently received mostly pea-sized hail, but reports were received of larger hail stones in the Audubon, Cormorant and Rochert areas. Kelly Sh
Work on a 32-turbine wind farm in Clay, Becker and Otter Tail counties will start next month. The Lakeswind wind farm will generate up to 49 megawatts of electricity.
Candidate filing has closed and two contested races have emerged for the Becker County Board: Craig Fontaine of 1058 Villa Lane, Mark Hagedorn of 1246 Lake Ave. and Ben Grimsley of 1030 Lake Ave.
Two more candidates for the Becker County Soil and Water Board have filed for office, but no additional county board candidates had filed as of Friday afternoon. Duane Grossman, who lives on the 14000 block of Grossman Road, rural Audubon, has filed for the District 3 seat on the Soil and Water Board. Anthony Beck, who lives on the 49000 block of Highway 87, rural Menahga, has filed for the District 5 seat. There are three supervisor seats up for election -- districts 2, 3 and 5.
If you left Detroit Lakes a few years ago and just recently came back, you could be excused for hardly recognizing North Washington Avenue. Gone is the old Washington School, replaced with Union Central, a 30-unit senior housing complex. Dino Mart and Tires Plus now occupy the former Grover-Lindberg station. The Hardware Hank building and its neighbor have been renovated into commercial space, with Counselor Realty and Muttley's pet grooming downstairs, and an apartment and office upstairs. The retail space in the Masonic Lodge building has been rented out -- to Mellow Moods and a new
Funeral services are set for Friday afternoon for a 19-year veteran of the Detroit Lakes Police Department who died Sunday evening near his home from a gunshot wound, apparently self-inflicted. Patrol Officer Chad Jutz, 40, was well-regarded and active both in Detroit Lakes and the Frazee community, where his family has deep roots, said Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon, who was serving as spokesman for the family. "He died of a gunshot wound," Gordon said.
The Becker County Board decided to cut a break -- sort of -- to two residents who have fallen on hard times. Daniel Hittle and Rhonda Hopkins of rural Frazee admitted last week that they failed to get the proper permits before building a house and septic system. They built on land adjoining their previous home, which went into foreclosure after he was unable to find work as a construction worker and she lost one of two part-time jobs, they told the board at its regular meeting. In their situation, renting wasn't an option, either, Hittle said. "You can't even rent a place without good
Two accidents involving young people were reported in Becker County on Saturday. At 6:15 p.m. three young men were injured when their vehicle left the roadway and rolled on West Lake Sallie Drive. Nicholas Paulson, 22, of rural Detroit Lakes, Aaron Kalberer, 20, of rural Detroit Lakes and Cole Cossette, 20, of rural Audubon were taken by St. Mary's EMS to Essential St. Mary's Hospital, where the were treated in the emergency room. Their vehicle left the roadway, rolled several times and struck a tree.
Recycling is on the increase in Becker County. In 2010, county residents recycled more than 9,000 tons of various commodities, from paper, plastic and cardboard to metal, glass and electronic, to florescent bulbs, paint and batteries, among other items. Last year, those numbers grew by nearly 10 percent, and the county is expecting more growth this year, said Sandy Gunderson, recycling coordinator for Becker County. That's partly due to the greater capacity offered by the large blue metal recycling bins that have replaced recycling sheds across Becker County. The recycling sheds could