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At a contentious omnibus hearing Friday, an attorney for murder suspect Kenneth Andersen submitted a flurry of motions, and lambasted the Becker County Sheriff's Department and County Attorney's Office for taping confidential attorney-client cell phone calls. Andersen, 34, of Waubun, 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. Sheriff's Captain Joe McArthur on Friday testified that the jail did indeed tape cel
DETROIT LAKES -- A homeowner doing renovation work at 601 Davis Avenue got a scare Sunday evening when he pulled up flooring and discovered bones and a remnant of fabric -- that looked like it could have once been clothing -- in a crawl space under the house. He called police, who asked a local medical officer to determine if the pieces of bone were human, according to Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena. The medical officer wasn't sure if the bones were human, so the on-duty sergeant talked to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which agreed to send a team to the scene to assi
OSAGE -- A school bus-pickup truck collision near Osage Wednesday afternoon left the pickup driver injured. No one on the Park Rapids School District bus was injured in the collision, which occurred on an icy 90-degree corner on Washington Avenue, a township road about a mile northwest of Osage, according to Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon. The driver of the Ford pickup, Mahlon Edgar Edmonson, 59, of Osage was taken to St. Joseph's hospital in Park Rapids for treatment.
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LAKE PARK -- A first-year teacher at Lake Park-Audubon high school has resigned following allegations of inappropriate contact with a female high school student. Jared Sanborn served as a business teacher and technology coordinator for the LP-A district this year until his resignation Jan. 14. In past years he has also coached junior high football and boys basketball, according to Superintendent Dale Hogie. "We had a third-party issue a complaint Dec.
AUDUBON -- Teachers in Lake Park-Audubon will see a two-year pay increase of 2.9 percent under a contract ratified recently by the School Board and the teachers' union. The school board and the Lake Park Audubon Education Association completed their negotiations earlier this month. District costs for salary, salary benefits, and health insurance will increase by 1.88 percent for Year 1 and the Year 2 increase will be 2.01 percent.
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The Lake Park-Audubon took several housekeeping measures at its annual reorganizational meeting on Thursday. Vicky Grondahl was re-elected board chairwoman, with Lori Bartunek vice chairwoman, Dale Binde treasurer and Rick Ellsworth clerk. Ellsworth was also named representative to the BCCI Board. Art Dux was approved as the official census taker at $1,800.
A late-night fire in Ogema on Tuesday killed a pet dog and destroyed a shop/storage building. The fire at 425 Kolb Street was apparently caused by a wood stove, and the dog -- a Rottweiler -- was kenneled near the stove for warmth, according to Ogema Fire Chief Joe McArthur. The building, a 1940s-era structure that McArthur said looked like an old garage, was one of several on the grounds.
A Naytahwaush man is lucky to be alive after he was attacked by a large dog early on New Year's Day. Randy Wadena, 24, had to have 11 stitches in his neck to close a wound that narrowly missed his jugular vein, said his grandmother, Karen Wadena of Naytahwaush. Randy also suffered numerous bites to his arms and legs, after young men in a nearby house sent the dog out to attack him, she said. Mahomen County Sheriff Doug Krier said the case is under investigation, so he could not provide details.