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With parts of Fargo and Moorhead evacuating because of the flooding Red River, Becker County jumped into full emergency mode Friday. The National Guard Armory has cots and food on hand and is now open for displaced persons from Fargo-Moorhead, said Sheriff Tim Gordon. "We're now under the county's full emergency management plan," Gordon said. People willing provide housing for displaced persons, perhaps for an extended period of time, or provide a home for pets, should call the Becker County Emergency Operations phone number at 218-844-7053. "We're asking you not to call the sheriff's
Local officials have waded in and rolled up their sleeves to help with the flood fight in Fargo-Moorhead, and Becker County is now preparing to accept evacuees if necessary. Becker County Transit buses made four trips to Fargo-Moorhead today to pick up nursing home residents being evacuated as a safety precaution. Two Ecumen assisted living communities in Fargo and Moorhead evacuated 60 residents and sent them to Emmanuel Community, another Ecumen community in Detroit Lakes. At Emmanuel, the kitchen staff was gearing up to serve extra residents, and staff was looking to scrounge up addit
Be especially careful out there -- The recession has brought scam artists out in full force, sending letters with false checks, or false claims of lottery winnings; emails promising riches; phone calls fishing for private information for identity theft; even cell phone text messages. "We're seeing scams left and right -- ranging from the grandparents' scam to craigslist," said Detroit Lakes Police Sgt. Tim Eggebraaten. "We're getting reports of scams three or four times a week," said Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon.
A man who lost control of his Ford van and caused a 10-car accident in downtown Detroit Lakes on Tuesday suffers from a medical condition and will not face charges, but he may lose his license, according to Detroit Lakes Police Patrol Sgt. Chad Glander. The 10-vehicle accident with injuries was reported at 5:49 p.m. It begin when a 1993 Ford, driven by Terrill Mark Simonson, 59, of Detroit Lakes, rear-ended a 2002 Hyundai driven by Barbara Jean Magnuson, 46, of Vergas. She was shaken up in the collision and was treated on the scene.
Downtown Detroit Lakes looked like a demolition derby Tuesday evening after multiple vehicles were hit by an out-of-control Ford Econoline van, driven by a man who may have been suffering from medical problems. The 10-vehicle accident with injuries was reported at 5:49 p.m. It began when a 1993 Ford, driven by Terrill Mark Simonson, 59, of Detroit Lakes, rear-ended a 2002 Hyundai driven by Barbara Jean Magnuson, 46, of Vergas. She was shaken up in the collision and was treated on the scene.
The City of Mahnomen looked like an armed camp Wednesday morning following the shooting of a Mahnomen County deputy. The deputy, a 26-year-old, four-year veteran of the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Department, was listed in critical condition and in surgery at 11 a.m. at MeritCare hospital in Fargo.
The Becker County Sheriff's Department is advising no travel today or Tuesday due to icy conditions. Numerous fender-benders and cars in the ditch have been reported around the region today, and ongoing rainfall continues to make for slippery conditions. According to the National Weather service, there is an ice storm warning for Becker County until midnight on Tuesday, and a winter weather advisory until 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Sheriff Tim Gordon said he issued the no-travel advisory about 8 a.m.
Here's an update on the legal status of Frazee hog farmers Robert and Virginia Briard, who both face felony charges in Becker County District Court. Although court dates shift frequently, especially with high-profile cases, here are the current dates and charges: Robert Briard, 62, was acquitted by a jury on Dec. 17 of first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct charges involving a girl under the age of 13. Those incidents allegedly occurred in the 1980s. But he is still charged with felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a girl under the age of 13.
A mobile home was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon on the 21000 block of County Road 6. No one was hurt in the fire, which was reported at 5:38 p.m.
Christmas was a lot merrier than it would have otherwise been for dozens of U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq, thanks to 88 area residents who sent Christmas care packages and letters through David-Donehower Funeral Home. The stockings were stuffed with a wide variety of goods, from small electronics to batteries to beef jerky and pumpkin seeds, said funeral director Shawn Nygaard, who helped spearhead the effort. "The idea came up around Thanksgiving, and the entire staff wanted to send something over to the troops in Iraq," he said.