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Detroit Lakes Superintendent Mark Adams pleaded innocent to felony assault charges Monday at an omnibus hearing in Becker County District Court. He was represented by criminal defense attorney Peter B. Wold of Minneapolis, who asked for a transcript of the grand jury proceedings that resulted in the charges against Adams. He also asked for a transcript of the county attorney's explanation of possible charges to the grand jury, prior to its determination of charges. Adams was indicted by the Becker County grand jury Nov.
Detroit Lakes Superintendent Mark Adams won a court skirmish last week when a judge dropped a harassment restraining order against him on behalf of two children, a 10-year-old girl, and a 7-year-old boy. They are the children of Mark Rothschadl of rural Ogema and Terri Anderson of White Earth Lake. The two are now divorced and Anderson is the "significant other" of Adams. Rothschadl obtained the harassment protection order -- for himself and his two children -- after a Sept.
The infantry captain who commands Army National Guard troops based in Detroit Lakes, Bemidji and Alexandria believes the Guard is making progress in its corner of Anbar Province, Iraq. Adam Gilbertson commands Able Company, 2-136th (In) Combined Arms Battalion. "The past eight months have been challenging for all of us, but I continue to be impressed with the professionalism of the soldiers in our company," he said in a news bulletin sent to families and the media. "They have worked incredibly hard during this deployment and they continue to perform every mission to the highest possible
Good news for the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center -- thanks to a major donation by an anonymous Detroit Lakes couple, its endowment fund is up to $130,000. An additional $15,000 has been committed to the endowment, but not yet paid. "Our absolute goal is to grow the endowment in excess of $1 million," said Community Center CEO Stu Omberg.
Higher energy costs are hitting the Detroit Lakes area. The city's electrical utility is budgeting $7.8 million to buy power next year, up from $6.9 million this year. In 2004 the utility paid $6.1 million for power. A drought in North Dakota is partially to blame. The utility gets about 40 percent of its power from federal hydroelectric plants on the Missouri River.
No need to feel left out and all alone on Thanksgiving -- good food and fellowship can be found from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The "no" vote prevailed in Lake Park-Audubon's $24.7 million school construction and renovation bond referendum Tuesday. The unofficial final tally is 1,330 "no" votes to 1,126 "yes" votes. The money would have been used to build a new high school in Lake Park and renovation/new construction on the elementary school in Audubon. In the City of Audubon, the vote was 111 no to 68 yes. In Audubon Township the vote was 189 no to 89 yes. In Cormorant Township, the vote was 305 no to 231 yes. In Lake Park Township the vote was 147 yes to 93 no. In the City of Lake Park, the vote was 253
In the Becker County sheriff's race, incumbent Tim Gordon won a convincing victory over challenger Jay Nelson. The final vote tally was 9,897 votes for Gordon and 3,160 votes for Nelson, or about 76 percent to 24 percent. Nelson is a police officer and self-employed carpenter in Lake Park, where he has served on the city council. Gordon was first elected four years ago, and during his tenure won praise from commissioners for a number of initiatives that reorganized the department and saved the county money. Nelson did well in his home turf, winning the City of Lake Park 238 votes to 99
Becker County Commissioner Bob Bristlin was defeated by challenger John Bellefeuille in the general election Tuesday, 1,412 votes to 868, or 62 percent to 38 percent. Bellefeuille is a former Detroit Lakes police officer and current Detroit Township supervisor who lives on Long Lake. Bristlin, a construction contractor, has been on the board since 2002. In the city of Audubon, the vote was 104 for Bellefeuille and 63 for Bristlin. In Audubon Township, the vote was 159 for Bellefeuille and 108 for Bristlin. In Detroit Township, the vote was 635 for Bellefeuille and 404 for Bristlin.
Detroit Lakes Superintendent Mark Adams was indicted by a Becker County grand jury Wednesday on felony counts of first degree assault and third degree assault against Mark Rothschadl. The incident occurred Sept. 9 on Rothschadl's farm in rural Ogema. Rothschadl was not indicted by the grand jury. The first degree assault charge involves an assault that inflicts "great bodily harm," according to state statute.