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A management team made up of department heads will replace the county administrator until the Becker County Board decides how it wants to proceed with county administration. The management team concept is similar to the "A Team" approach used in 2002 with the departure of County Administrator Al Roder. The team then included the auditor, the treasurer, the sheriff, the human services director and the assessor, said Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen. He will be part of the new management team, along with a half-dozen other department heads, who will be selected on their experience and willing
The Becker County Board voted unanimously Tuesday for a zero percent levy increase on property taxes payable next year -- but county taxes will rise anyway, in some cases significantly, courtesy of a state-imposed tax shift. Owners of agricultural land, commercial property and non-homestead property will all see hikes of 9 percent, just in the county portion of their property tax bills. Hikes of that much -- and possibly more -- can also be expected in the city, school district and township portions of their property tax bills in those categories, said Becker County Auditor-Treasurer Ryan
A motorcyclist had to "lay the bike down" to avoid a collision after a pickup truck pulled out in front of him near Battle Lake Saturday afternoon. Lynn M. Swenson, 57, of Fergus Falls was southbound on Highway 78 on a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle, according to the State Patrol. Kenneth Shelstad, 72, or Doran, was eastbound on Cantebury Sands Road in a 2007 Chevy Silverado, and pulled out onto Highway 78 in front of the motorcycle, according to the State Patrol. The motorcyclist suffered minor injuries from laying the bike down to avoid a collision.
A presentation by a member of the Red River Retention Authority was met with tepid enthusiasm by some Becker County officials, who worried that counties on the outskirts of the Red River Basin would pay disproportionate taxes and receive few immediate benefits from water retention projects in the Red River Valley. Jerome Deal, Retention Committee co-chair, recently updated the Becker County Board on retention plans. U.S. Rep.
Bad news for the hungry and homeless in Becker County: Although the need is greater than ever, Mahube Community Council now has less money to help struggling families stay in their homes. Mahube saw its Emergency Food and Shelter Program funding slashed this year, cut by 78 percent from the year before, because of congressional budget cuts required by majority House Republicans before they would agree to raise the ceiling on the national debt. "I'm sure it was a shock to everyone, because no one expected this severe of a cut," said Marcia Otte, family development director for Mahube. La
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. ...