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A blizzard that swept through the area dropped 11 inches of snow on Detroit Lakes Sunday and early Monday, according to KDLM Radio, which maintains a weather station in Detroit Lakes. Most people hunkered down and didn't try to travel during the storm, especially in the rural areas, according to Dick Goodmanson, Becker County Highway safety director. "The traveling public was good to us yesterday," he said this morning. "They stayed home." County snowplows were out Sunday until about 2:30 or 3 p.m., when they could no longer keep up with the snowfall.
The legal jostling didn't let up much -- nor did the acrimony between families -- Friday at the Robert Briard trial. Briard, 62, of rural Frazee has been charged with felony first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly molesting a close relative on two occasions when she was 8 and 14.
Good thing there was a box of tissues next to the witness stand -- Thursday was an emotional day of testimony at the Robert Briard sexual abuse trial, as the victim and main prosecution witness took the stand. It was also a day of parry and thrust between Becker County Attorney Mike Fritz and defense attorney Earl Gray, with repeated objections raised by both sides, and frequent lengthy conferences at the bench before Judge Peter Irvine. At one point, Irvine sustained Fritz's objection that Gray was badgering the witness.
There were 25 ballot challenges issued in the U.S. Senate recount in Becker County Monday -- and that was before election challengers could sink their teeth into 61 ballots that were discovered a few days after the election and have not yet been counted. Those ballots will be counted Tuesday morning, along with other ballots in their precincts.
The newly frozen surface of Little Detroit Lake was popular on Saturday and Sunday -- a dozen or kids, teens and adults were skating or playing hockey off the public beach.
A Lake Park man was allegedly driving more than 90 miles per hour just before his pickup truck struck an ATV from behind, killing the driver, who was thrown or carried more than 340 feet from the point of impact. Jeremy Scott Nelson, 27, of 17520 County Road 5, Lake Park, on Thursday was charged with three felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide related to the accident in the early morning hours of Aug.
Becker County flirted with 90 percent voter turnout in the general election Tuesday. Of the 18,961 registered voters in the county, 17,038 of them cast a ballot Tuesday. "Isn't that phenomenal?" asked County Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen. "I don't know if that's a record or not, but it's got to be close." The big numbers meant election workers had their hands full Tuesday in Becker County. "It has been a very busy day," County Election Coordinator Renee Zok said Tuesday.
The general election is Tuesday, and all four major school districts in Becker County have candidates on the ballot, as do most cities. Lake Park-Audubon voters will also decide the fate of a building bond referendum. There is a race for Becker County Board, and for Otter Tail County Board, as well as for Soil and Water Conservation District Board. Area voters will help choose three Minnesota House members, a U.S. House member and a U.S. senator, as well as judges at several levels, and of course the U.S.
A new high school for grades 7-12 in Lake Park, and a renovated and expanded elementary school in Audubon -- that's the proposal that Lake Park-Audubon School District voters will either approve or reject in the general election Nov.
With Roses from Rotary, you can get in good with a loved one, and do something nice for young people at the same time. It's simple: You buy a dozen roses from the Detroit Lakes Morning Rotary Club for $16, and your money helps pay for things like scholarship programs in Detroit Lakes and Frazee, playground equipment, library books, an Internet leadership program, the Boys and Girls Club, and reading programs at local elementary schools. With more than a thousand dozen roses purchased each year, "we could have a miniature Rose Bowl Parade here," event co-chairwoman Sue Braun said with a la