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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.
Anyone trying to bring drugs into the 10,000 Lakes Festival this week would have had to run a gauntlet of state troopers, including 10 with drug-sniffing K-9 dogs and troopers teamed with commercial vehicle inspectors who were stopping trucks. Several felony drug arrests were made during traffic stops and have been turned over to the Becker County Attorney's Office for prosecution, said State Patrol Capt.
A Detroit Lakes man and a White Earth woman were among three people injured in a T-bone accident on Highway 71 in Wadena County. According to the State Patrol, the crash occurred about 10:15 p.m. Saturday after a 2001 Buick LeSabre that was on the southbound shoulder made a U-turn in front of a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was southbound on Highway 71. The Grand Cherokee hit the Buick broadside, sending the driver of the Buick and two passengers in the car to St. Joseph's Hospital in Park Rapids. The driver of the Buick was Tamara C.
Traffic was stopped both ways on Highway 59 north of Dunvilla Friday afternoon after a motorhome caught fire. According to the State Patrol, a 1995 Ford motorhome caught fire about 2:15 p.m. and traffic backed up both ways until the fire was put out by the Pelican Rapids Fire Department. No injuries were reported. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department assisted at the scene.
Contrary to what some believe, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources does not manage water levels on the Ottertail River for the benefit of tubing businesses. And recent work on a dam on Hubbel Pond has not caused the Ottertail River's water level to drop, according to DNR Area Wildlife Supervisor Earl Johnson. The Ottertail flows through Hubbel Pond. Hubbel Pond Game Refuge is located immediately south of the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge off County Road 29. A contractor is in the process of building a new dam to hold back the 500-acre water impoundment.
A 17-year-old Audubon boy was arrested and faces multiple charges after allegedly stealing a pickup truck, boat and trailer early Thursday morning and leading Detroit Lakes police on a short chase that ended with him smashing into a tree on West Avenue. The pickup and boat were reported stolen at 12:22 a.m. Thursday from a residence on the 600 block of Sixth Street in Audubon. At about 11 p.m.
Though you might not know it by looking at the long police report, the Independence Day weekend in Detroit Lakes was actually a little quieter than usual. The band Night Storm of Menomonie, Wis., canceled its show on Friday evening at the Pavilion because there weren't enough people there. Those who showed up Friday were given armbands for free admittance to Saturday's dance, said band spokesman Mike Checkalski. Saturday's event went well and the band will likely be back next year, he added. The Detroit Lakes city parks staff kept busy over the holiday weekend, said public works direct
School officials in Minnesota no longer have to worry that successful levy referendums will later be overturned by voters. In a case based largely on the Frazee-Vergas School District, the Legislature this year removed the option of so-called reverse referendums from state law. The law previously provided for a new operating levy referendum vote with a petition signed by just 15 percent of registered voters. School district supporters, including the Minnesota Association of School Districts, had hoped to convince the Legislature to raise that voter threshold to 30 percent, said Greg Abbo
Police officers in Detroit Lakes know better than to expect to spend a leisurely Independence Day holiday with their families. With Detroit Lakes a destination town for the Fourth of July weekend, they know they'll be working long hours to keep order -- and this year is no exception. "We'll have a high staffing level this weekend," said Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena.
A Becker County jury has acquitted a former Lake Park-Audubon teacher accused of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct Jared Lee Sanborn, 26, of P.O.