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The Becker County Board stepped up to take the lead Tuesday in the effort to keep zebra mussels out of the county. Commissioners agreed to contract with an invasive aquatic species specialist for six months, at a cost of $20,000. The new AIS coordinator position was the No. 1 priority of a county Invasive Aquatic Species Task Force, said Becker County Planning and Zoning Administrator Patty Swenson. "The committee as a whole prioritized (the list) for the county," Swenson said. The AIS coordinator "is the first request and the priority of the task force," she said.
A Detroit Lakes man was found dead at his doorstep Saturday morning, apparently after dying of exposure on a night when overnight lows were below zero. Aaron Braasch, 36, was found by a relative about 8 a.m. outside the house he lived in on the 600 block of Roosevelt Avenue, according to Detroit Lakes Police Sgt. Chad Glander. "He was found unresponsive," Glander said, "right outside the door." Braasch's body has been sent for an autopsy to Midwest Medical Examiner in the city of Ramsey in Anoka County. "We're still waiting for the final results," Glander said.
Minnesota lawmakers have started using Legacy dollars in ways they aren't supposed to, and if it continues, that money will no longer be available for purposes that voters intended -- extra spending on clean water, the outdoors, conservation, trails and the arts and culture. "It would be a betrayal of the voters to use it on things it was never intended for," said Sheila Smith, executive director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. She was in Detroit Lakes Thursday with a handful of others concerned that Legacy dollars be used as intended. "The threat that Legacy funds will be directed t
A level 3 sex offender is now living in Becker County in rural Waubun. Mark Anthony Rehm, 27, moved to a residence on Becker County Road 21 on Saturday. The exact address was not disclosed. In 2001, Rehm was convicted of first-degree sexual conduct with a 4-year-old girl. In 2003, he was convicted of third-degree sexual conduct with a 14- year-old girl and failure to register.
Detroit Lakes police, fire and EMS crews responded to this crash scene on the 700 block of Richwood Road this morning. A Detroit Lakes man, John Muhlenkort, 43, was injured when the Chevrolet Blazer he was driving left the roadway and hit a fence and a tree. A condition report was not immediately available.
The University of Minnesota Extension Service in Becker County has found a new home. It will move from the Human Services building downtown to 1120 Eighth St.
Becker County has a new environmental services director with more than 30 years experience in the field. Marin Wiley has decades of experience as a DNR forester, including 12 years of forestry management experience.
Prolonged hard economic times have stressed some families to the breaking point, and Becker County child protection workers are busier than ever trying to keep kids safe. "There's been a marked upwards trend in the child protection caseload," said Donna Richgels, child protection supervisor for Becker County Human Services. "We're also seeing a resurgence of meth use in the county," she told the Becker County Board Tuesday. Newcomers in trouble There has always been a transient population moving into Becker County from other counties in Minnesota, but now child protection workers are "s
The new security screeners who will operate a metal detector safeguarding the "courts" side of the Becker County Courthouse will also serve as greeters for people with business on the other side of the courthouse, said Sheriff Tim Gordon. The three part-time screeners will wear civilian clothes, not uniforms. "It's a suit-and-tie position," he said. "The position will be multi-faceted," Gordon told the County Board Tuesday.
The Minnesota unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percent in December to a seasonally adjusted 5.7 percent, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The state unemployment rate has fallen 1.5 percent since August, the biggest decrease over a four-month span on record in Minnesota, dating back to 1976. The U.S.