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City official say it’s safe to use debit and credit cards again at the municipal liquor store, after it was identified as the source of the largest transaction card fraud case in Detroit Lakes history. Lakes Liquor “suffered a compromise in its data system resulting in unauthorized access to customer credit card account information,” according to Jim Watland, Lakes Liquor manager. Customers who used their credit card or debit card at Lakes Liquor from Oct. 27 to Nov. 25 were impacted.
The Laker varsity boys hockey team won the Eveleth "Home of Hockey" Holiday Invitational this weekend, beating Kittson Cental 5-2, Mankato East 10-3, and Eveleth 7-2 in the championship game.
It took a lot of twists and turns of fate for Rob Brekke to end up in Detroit Lakes: He was adopted from an orphanage in Romania when he was 2 years old. Now 25, Brekke has the darker features of the Romanian people, and he has the same engaging personality he had at age 2 — more likely to be smiling than not. On the trip to America, “he was giving everyone high-fives and hugs on the plane — Rob was very outgoing,” said his mom, Nancy Brekke.
ST PAUL – Jeff Johnson and Julianne Ortman won the Republican Liberty Caucus of Minnesota’s first annual Christmas Straw poll, a non-binding survey of the RLCMN membership to gauge interest the 2014 races for governor and U.S. senate. Jeff Johnson won the governor’s poll with 50% of the votes, and Dave Thompson came in second with 31%.
The colder-than-normal temperatures so far this month have been keeping businesses hopping — from retail to heating contractors to tow truck operators. And there doesn't appear to be a whole lot of relief in sight. "More cold temperatures are coming this weekend," said Bill Barrett, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.
Another Becker County family has been left homeless by fire. Flames were coming through the roof of an older two-story house when Audubon firefighters arrived at the scene on East Little Cormorant Road Monday afternoon. Nobody was injured and no pets were harmed in the fire, which essentially destroyed the home owned by a retired couple, Mary and Oran Holtsclaw. Three people lived there in all. Audubon firefighters were on the scene for about three hours.
Another Becker County family has been left homeless by fire. Flames were coming through the roof of an older two-story house when Audubon firefighters arrived at the scene on East Little Cormorant Road Monday afternoon. Nobody was injured and no pets were harmed in the fire, which essentially destroyed the home. See the Detroit Lakes Tribune on Wednesday for the full story.
Thanks to a passing snowplow driver, a Detroit Lakes man was rescued after his sports utility vehicle went into the Pelican River in the Detroit Lakes Industrial Park early Thursday morning. Michael John Anderson, 51, of Detroit Lakes was transported to Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital by ambulance. He was transfered to Sanford Health hospital in Fargo, where he was in a regular patient ward on Friday. The 1997 Honda SUV he was driving sustained significant damage, according to Detroit Lakes Police Sgt. Chad Glander.
A wood burning stove is believed to be responsible for a fire that destroyed a mobile home and killed several pets Thursday a few miles west of Detroit Lakes. A young couple, Kyler Groft and Courtney Goettel, lived in the home, along with a child, Goettel said in an email. The home is owned by a relative who works as a long-haul trucker and stayed there occasionally, according to Becker County Sheriff’s Sgt. Shane Richard.
The Becker County property tax levy will drop by about 1.4 percent next year, as the county holds the line on spending and benefits from more state funding. The county’s total budget is about $42 million. It helps that the Minnesota Legislature increased Becker County’s County Participation Aid by $241,000 next year, for a total of more than $1 million. It also helps that the Legislature now exempts local government from state sales tax, which will save Becker County another $285,000 next year. The state has imposed levy limits on local government for next year.