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Jarred into action by the Dec. 15 courthouse shooting of two people in Grand Marais, the Becker County Board is going ahead with stalled plans to upgrade security at the Becker County Courthouse. Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell, 45, and Grand Marais resident Gregory Thompson, 53, were both shot by a man who later died in custody.
If you want to give up tobacco for the new year, you'll have better luck if you don't try to go it alone. "The key here is, if you're looking to quit using tobacco, have a plan and support system in place ahead of time," said Mike Sheldon, senior communications manager at ClearWay Minnesota, which provides Quitplan services in the state. The odds of successfully quitting tobacco all alone and staying off tobacco for six months are about 3 percent, he said. Those odds can double or triple if you plan ahead, get support services and use them, according to information from Quitplan. The b
The head coach and assistant coach of the Detroit Lakes High School wrestling team are back on the job after serving suspensions without pay. Head coach Rob Ullyott was suspended for 14 days and assistant coach Todd Jackson was suspended for 10 days, according to Detroit Lakes Schools Superintendent Doug Froke. The district took the action after receiving a complaint and conducting an investigation, Froke said. He said he could not comment on the reason for the suspensions because of the Minnesota Data Privacy Act. Ullyott said he prefers not to comment on the reason for the suspension
Things are moving forward on several fronts in Becker County, and Board Chairman Barry Nelson provided an update during his State of the County Address on Tuesday. The county remains financially solid, with a zero percent levy increase for next year, and is already working on the 2013 budget. "We have been lobbying the state to let us provide services without their constricting rules," Nelson said.
Becker County commissioners are puzzling over how to establish new commissioner districts in the wake of healthy population growth following the 2010 census. No matter how they work the Rubik's Cube of redistricting, it looks like at least two commissioners, maybe more, will end up in the same district and will have to run against each other if they want to stay on the County Board next year. Commissioners must live in the district they represent. "It's hard for us to do this, we're going to have a commissioner running against a commissioner," said Board Chairman Barry Nelson.
Deteriorating ice conditions on Little Detroit Lake caused the Becker County Sheriff's Department to issue an ice warning for the entire county on Tuesday. Sheriff Tim Gordon said two fish houses fell through the ice on Tuesday morning and a third began to sink.
Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder, and an attempt by two downtown Detroit Lakes business owners to add some Christmas color to the downtown area via bright artificial Christmas trees came to an end last week when the city unceremoniously removed the trees. The dozen colorfully spray-painted trees, tied to light poles, were the brainchild of Kara Schumann of La De Da Décor and Design and Patty LaBarre of ERA Realty. The two put a lot of work into the project, which was done on a shoestring budget of $200, with the trees coming from the Boys and Girls Club Thrift Store. "We'r
White Earth Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor deeply believes in the power of education -- from preschool through college -- to put people on the road to prosperity. The Tribal Council has made education one of its top priorities, and that's one of the reasons White Earth has been awarded a large grant to bring early childhood education services to kids who otherwise wouldn't get them. Scholarships for day care The tribe has landed a four-year federal grant that will provide $4,000 apiece in "scholarships" for early childhood education for more than 600 preschool children whose families earn
Detroit Lakes is without a movie theater. The Cinema 5 in the Washington Square Mall has gone out of business. Cinema 5 owner Steven Payne notified the Detroit Lakes Police Department that the theater was going out of business and that some items would be removed from the space on Sunday. The theater was affiliated with Evergreen Entertainment, which has closed movie theaters in other cities as well, including Westridge Cinema 5 in Fergus Falls, which closed in January when its lease at the Westridge Mall expired. Look for the full story in Wednesday's Detroit Lakes Tribune.
When it comes to property taxes, next year is a real crapshoot: Truth in Taxation notices were mailed out to Becker County property owners Monday and Tuesday, notifying them of property taxes due in 2012. A sampling of the notices showed results all over the place. Here are some examples: A commercial bank located on Highway 10 West in Detroit Lakes saw its taxes go from $9,195 to $9,686 -- a 5.3 percent increase. A tax hike of more than 49 percent will hit an 11-acre agricultural homestead in Savannah Township, in eastern Becker County.