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Lakeshore zoning issues brought an overflow crowd into the Becker County Commissioners room in the courthouse Tuesday, as the board looked at three controversial projects. Lake Maud development After nearly an hour of discussion, commissioners agreed -- many reluctantly -- to require an environmental assessment worksheet for a lakeshore residential development called The Woods on Lake Maud. Developer Brad Solheim had been working with the county's environmental assessment worksheet committee and had followed many of the panel's recommendations, including developing the plat as a MURD (Sho
Frazee has been awarded a $524,100 state redevelopment grant for the former Swift turkey plant site. "We were notified on Friday," Frazee City Clerk Kelsey Klemm told the Becker County Board Tuesday. In June, Frazee was awarded a Brownfield urban redevelopment grant for $36,525 to investigate the extent of any contamination at the site. "This is a huge economic development opportunity here," said Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen.
By reworking the design and re-bidding the project, Becker County has whittled the cost of the courthouse addition to $6.2 million from original bids of about $9 million. "I've never in my life seen a project go from $9 million to $6 million and kept the same square footage," said Commissioner Bob Bristlin, a construction contractor who serves on the county's building committee. "We also accomplished the fact that we kept the courthouse in downtown Detroit Lakes where it belongs,' said Commissioner Harry Salminen. The new courts wing will provide a third courtroom for a busy district cou
The River Hills RV Park has run afoul of the State Health Department, which regulates RV parks. The RV park will be located largely on the driving range of the River Hills golf course, near the Pelican River outlet of Little Detroit. Developer Pat Onstad last month had to halt construction of a hillside retaining wall because he didn't have a city building permit, and the city building inspector refused to grant one until it can be shown the wall is properly designed. Also last month, the state health department told the developer that he needs to rework his plan to give each RV unit at
No charges will be filed in the assault incident involving Detroit Lakes Superintendent Mark Adams and Mark Rothschadl of rural Ogema. The two men brought mutual assault complaints following an incident Sept. 9 at Rothschadl's farm, but no charges will be filed because each alleges he was assaulted by the other and there were no other witnesses to the incident, according to a news release from the Becker County Attorney's Office. "Each party provides a different version of the events. Each alleges that he was struck first by the other. There are no independent witnesses to the event.
A local church group is looking for people willing to devote two weeks to improving public schools in Jamaica. Jamaican United Mission Partnership, or JUMP, needs a half dozen or so people in order to send a third team early next year to the central highlands region. Each person pays about $1,300 for the trip, half for travel expenses and the other half to pay for supplies and skilled local laborers to do construction work. JUMP would especially like to recruit four or five teens, age 16 or older, to join the teams.
Lake Park-Audubon School Board members were singing the praises of area farmer and developer Loren Jetvig Monday night, after they accepted his donation of prime city land for a new high school. "Mr. Jetvig has generously decided to donate 53 acres of land and access land to Highway 10," said Board Chairwoman Vicky Grondahl.
Here's a message to whomever out there has the big, fat file on the Detroit Lakes Pavilion: The Becker County Historical Society really needs it back. It's bad enough that the file -- filled with newspaper clippings, playbills and other items dating back to when the Pavilion was built -- has gone missing. But whoever borrowed it appears to have also taken a separate index card that lists dates of newspaper stories that were in the file.
A criminal case involving Detroit Lakes Schools Superintendent Mark Adams is under investigation after mutual allegations of assault between him and Mark Rothschadl of Waubun. "The case is under investigation, there are conflicting stories," said Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon.
David Stowman of Detroit Lakes is one of just three outstate attorneys to be on the Top 100 list of "Super Lawyers" selected this year by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine. Stowman and his son, Jeff, operate Stowman Law Office in Detroit Lakes, specializing in personal injury accidents and wrongful death cases. Stowman said he is honored to be in the Top 100 group, since there are about 25,000 attorneys in the state, and 1,200 to 1,400 of them are designated Super Lawyers. "That's pretty good company to be in," Stowman said, "I feel good about that." Super Lawyers are chosen by ballots