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A room full of people voicing support for Becker County Administrator Tom Mortenson did not convince Becker County commissioners to spare his job: The County Board voted 3-2 to accept his resignation Friday morning. Voting to accept the resignation were Board Chairman Barry Nelson, Commissioner Larry Knutson and Commissioner Donald Skarie. Voting against were commissioners Gerry Schram and John Okeson. There was no discussion among board members prior to the vote, or afterwards, for that matter. "With the Data Practices Act, we have to be very careful of any discussion," said Nelson.
Some lesser-traveled county roads may revert to gravel because the Becker County Highway Department just doesn't have enough money to maintain all the existing paved county roads. Case in point is County Road 118, a 1.8-mile paved road that goes southeast from Frazee past Fisher Lake to link up with a gravel road in Otter Tail County. The road was paved more than 30 years ago and is now potholed and crumbling, and is held together provisionally through constant patching and maintenance. It's expensive, and the county considers it a budding safety hazard, but is balking at spending the es
Becker County Administrator Tom Mortenson has submitted a letter of resignation to the Becker County Board. The board will consider the request at a special meeting at 8:15 a.m. Friday. It's not clear why Mortenson resigned, but he did receive a performance evaluation from county commissioners in a closed session last Tuesday. The results of that evaluation will not be made public until the meeting on Friday. Mortenson could not be reached for comment.
Becker County deputies were kept busy Wednesday after a motorcycle hit a deer about 5 p.m. and a two-car collision occurred just before 7 p.m. A Fosston couple was injured in the motorcycle-deer accident, which occurred on Becker County Road 37, two miles south of Highway 113 -- about 35 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes. A 2006 Victory motorcycle driven by Todd Pearson, 50, struck the deer, causing a loss of control. His wife, Nancy Pearson, 50, was riding with him. He was transported by helicopter to a Fargo hospital.
For a lot of kids in Lake Park, the summer revolves around the city swimming pool. "We hang out here all day, pretty much," said Isaiah Ruhl, 14. "I tell a lot of my friends in Detroit Lakes to come here instead of the DLCCC. The water is cool here, it's not hot like the DLCCC." "It's fun," added Angela Kohler, 12. "We come here to swim and hang out with our friends. ...
Some of the electricity used in Detroit Lakes will soon come from a nuclear power plant. Detroit Lakes has traditionally received about 40 percent of its power from federal hydropower plants on the Missouri River (now spectacularly over a long drought) and most of the rest of it from a coal-fired power plant in South Dakota operated by Missouri River Energy Services. Missouri River is a nonprofit cooperative that provides power to about 60 city-owned utilities in four states, including the one in Detroit Lakes. Starting Sept.
The colorful mural on the wall of the White Earth Land Recovery Project office building in Callaway didn't just spring up out of the ground. WELRP founder Winona LaDuke had long envisioned such a mural telling the history and struggles of the White Earth tribe, said WELRP development director Betsy McDougall. "To see something like that (being painted) is an amazing thing," she said.
Nobody died at WE Fest this year. That might come as a big surprise to readers of dl-online.com, the Web version of our newspaper. For several days during WE Fest this year, a story about a death there was at the top of the "most read" story section on our homepage. The "most read" box is an automated section driven by the number of readers who click on that story. Once a big story shows up, it tends to stay in there, sometimes for days. Most readers probably didn't glance at the date above that story.
Mahube Community Council is waging a lonely battle to help keep people in their homes through its Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program. But it got an unexpected shot in the arm recently when it received more money than expected for the 2011-2013 biennium. It applied for $594,000 -- a 10 percent increase over the current biennium and the maximum it could apply for. To the agency's surprise, it not only received the 10 percent increase from the state -- while others across Minnesota were seeing cuts -- it received an additional $30,000 to help with the poor housing situation i
The all-natural kitty litter business has been good to Pet Care Systems, maker of Swheat Scoop, a litter made from naturally-processed wheat. And why not? The environmentally-friendly kitty litter is flushable, made from renewable sources and doesn't contain any hazardous materials, said Don Davis, president and CEO of Farmers Union Industries, LLC, which first invested in Pet Care Systems in 2002, and later assumed full control of the company. Last week, Farmers Union Industries announced an investment of $4.25 million in its Pet Care Systems division in Detroit Lakes.