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Think you might need help with heating bills this winter? Apply early. That's the advice of Nancy Cummings, energy assistance director for the Mahube Community Council, which disperses help to those who qualify in three counties, including Becker. "We've been busy -- people have been applying faster than they normally do," Cummings said. "It's probably up about 10 percent from last year, fuel prices are up so high ... propane and fuel oil are very high, natural gas went up some, but not significantly." In Becker County, heating oil is now going for about $3.35 per gallon for No.
Becker County Deputy Tim Haverkamp, 43, of rural Detroit Lakes has been charged with two gross misdemeanor hunting offenses -- transporting illegal big game and taking or possessing big game out of season. The charges follow a Department of Natural Resources investigation that was launched in October of 2006. It began on Oct. 14, when conservation officer Al Peterson was called out to a residence southeast of Ponsford, close to Highway 225, where a headless white tail buck was found. The large buck had a bullet hole in its neck. It was not tagged with a license of any kind.
The "no" vote prevailed again in Lake Park-Audubon Tuesday, with residents vetoing a $23.8 million proposal for a new high school and renovated elementary school. Question 1, a scaled-down project, was voted down by a total vote of 1,306 to 1,159. Results for Question 2, which would have added about $3 million to the project, were not available Tuesday night. But Question 1 needed to pass in order for the project to be approved. In the Audubon precinct, the vote on Question 1 was 753 "no' to 383 "yes." In Lake Park, the vote was 776 "yes" to 553 "no." There was no polling place in
The "no" vote prevailed again in Lake Park-Audubon Tuesday, with residents vetoing a scaled-down $23.8 million proposal for a new high school and renovated elementary school. Question 1, the scaled-down project, was voted down by a total vote of 1,306 to 1,159. Results for Question 2, which would have added about $3 million to the project, were not available Tuesday night. But Question 1 needed to pass in order for the project to be approved. In the Audubon precinct, the vote on Question 1 was 753 "no' to 383 "yes." In Lake Park, the vote was 776 "yes" to 553 "no." There was no po
A woman who was raped at WE Fest has filed a civil suit in Becker County District Court seeking more than $300,000 in damages. The suit was filed Dec. 10 against Festivals and Concert Events (FACE), which puts on WE Fest. The suit was also filed against Security Specialists, which apparently provided security for the 2006 festival at which the rape occurred. The suit follows a criminal case: Eric Joseph Fanning, 45, of St. Cloud was sentenced to 10 years in prison Jan. 12 for raping the 22-year-old Stearns County woman who filed the civil suit. Her name was not disclosed in court papers.
When it comes to the local real estate market, there's good news and there's bad news. In general, home values are holding their own or increasing, and it is taking less time for homes to sell. On the other hand, there are more homes on the market, and the number of homes sold is down from last year. That generalization varies a bit depending on the location -- city, rural or lakeshore.
Opponents of a new high school and renovated/new elementary school in Lake Park-Audubon are worried about prohibitively higher property taxes if the referendum is passed on Dec.
The Lake Park-Audubon School Board took a deep breath and acted to take the red ink out of its Community Service Fund Monday. It agreed to transfer $120,000 from the district's general fund to the Community Service Fund, which has been running in the red.
A city-county parking committee is moving carefully ahead on a plan to build a parking lot on the Berean Baptist Church property, but there are still a few bugs to be worked out. One is over the number of parking spaces the county will have to produce.
The annual audit revealed a clean bill of health for the Frazee-Vergas School District, thanks in part to salary sacrifices made by teachers and administrators. The district needs to build its undesignated reserve fund, but other than that has done a good job of meeting its budget, according to Randall Highland of Carlson Highland & Co., LLP. There were no findings (problems that need to be addressed within the district's accounting system), no unanswered questions and no disputes between the auditor and the district business office. "This is a very clean audit report," Highland told the