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A Detroit Lakes tow truck operator is in critical condition after being injured Tuesday afternoon while helping emergency workers set up for a disaster drill at Soo Pass Ranch. Mike Smith, 44, owner and operator of Lakes Country Towing suffered crushing injuries to his lower extremities in the accident. He was taken to St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes, taken by Life Flight to a Fargo hospital, then airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition Thursday morning. The accident occurred about 4:30 p.m.
Preschoolers now have playground equipment designed just for them at Lincoln Education Center. The rainbow-colored equipment cost $15,000 and was installed after a parent complained that existing playground equipment at Lincoln was designed for older kids and posed a threat to preschoolers. The Detroit Lakes School District checked it out and determined that the older equipment is not suitable for younger children.
The Lake Park-Audubon School District is about $440,000 in the black through July 30, and the district's auditing firm is expected to present the annual audit at the district's regular meeting next month. District residents will likely be asked next year to vote for continuation of the existing $500-per-pupil excess operating levy, which raises about $100 per $100,000 homestead each year. That levy is critical for meeting the district budget. "We have to renew the levy by November of 2010, and it makes sense to do it next fall in November," said Board Member Dale Binde, who reported on b
With an eye towards improving academics and encouraging teachers to be creative and enthusiastic -- in spite of years of lean budgets -- a group of education-minded citizens has launched a new foundation to help pay for selected academic programs in Detroit Lakes' public schools. And the Detroit Lakes Public Education Foundation is off to a very good start -- it has already raised pledges of $120,000, nearly half its initial goal of $250,000. Longtime DL school district business manager Dick Lundeen, who retired in 2006 after 29 years with the district, started the ball rolling in 2005, wi
Several Lake Park-Audubon School Board members would like to approach the district's building needs in stages, and argued in favor Monday of a smaller, $3 million building bond referendum that would simply renovate the elementary school in Audubon. School Board Members Jeff Swetland and Dale Binde believe that a limited, elementary school-only referendum would be approved by voters Nov.
DETROIT LAKES - It wasn't a banner year for the 10,000 Lakes Festival. A 17-year-old girl died of as-yet unknown causes while camping at the festival, and organizers say an upstart concert in Wisconsin cut attendance at 10KLF to half of the 15,000 fans who showed up last year. "From an organizational standpoint, it was the best it's ever been," said Chyrll Sparks of FACE, Inc., a partner in 10KLF. "The event has matured.
Five people suffered minor injuries Sunday when a go-cart veered into the crowd watching the Northwest Water Carnival Parade in Detroit Lakes. The Shriner go-carts are designed to do wheelies when the driver accelerates quickly -- the driver's seat goes back and the front wheels go up in the air. That's what happened on Sunday when the accelerator stuck on one go-cart, according to one witness, Detroit Lakes firefighter Steve Spaeth. "I was across the street," he said.
DETROIT LAKES - A new law requiring American flags sold in Minnesota to have been made in the U.S.A. has not hurt sales, and may have helped, according to some Detroit Lakes retailers. "We've probably sold more of them, now that people are hearing about it," said Dan Purkat, store manager at L&M Fleet. "We only had one imported flag, anyway -- a little hand-held flag. People have always been willing to pay a little more to get the U.S.
A request for a new trial from Kenneth Eugene Andersen Jr., 35, has been denied. Andersen, of rural Waubun, was convicted last month of first-degree murder in the April 13, 2007, shooting death of Chad Swedberg of rural Ogema. His attorney, Simon George of Detroit Lakes, filed a motion June 18 for a new trial, on the basis of "interests of justice, abuse of discretion and misconduct by the state," according to court records. At a short hearing Wednesday, District Judge Peter Irvine -- who also presided at the murder trial -- heard arguments from Andersen and from Becker County Attorney
LAKE PARK - How about a new pre-K-6 elementary school in Audubon this year and new 7-12 school in Lake Park next year? That was the idea proposed by Lake Park-Audubon School Board Member Dale Binde at a special meeting Monday in Lake Park. "If I'm going to have a (referendum) vote, I want it to pass," he said. "If it isn't going to pass, maybe it's time to move on to something else. Maybe it's time to ask the community -- do you want a school, or not?