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White Earth Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor and District 3 Tribal Council Representative Kenneth "Gus" Bevins have both been re-elected to four years terms. Both won their primary election by more than 50 percent on Tuesday, which under tribal election rules means they are re-elected and there will be no general election this year. "Now I can go to St. Paul and get that casino built," Vizenor said with a smile immediately after her victory.
A half-dozen or so Detroit Lakes residents reported that someone broke windows on their vehicles Saturday night or Sunday morning. Nothing appeared to have been stolen from the vehicles. At 8:19 a.m. a man reported the windows had been broken out of his van while it was parked at Peoples Park. At 4:54 a.m. a man reported the back window of a vehicle had been broken out on the 500 block of Main Street. A landscaping rock had been thrown through the back window. Nothing was taken. At 8:41 a.m.
If all the political stars align -- and it's looking good so far -- Becker County could receive several million dollars in state bonding money to go towards a new transfer station and recycling center. A Minnesota House bonding bill includes nearly $2 million for the Becker County project. And the governor supports it -- a $2.3 million request from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for the Becker County project remains in play. The Senate bonding bill has yet to make an appearance, but Becker County Environmental Services Director Steve Skoog says that version also appears to have
The city has ended its lease with International Hockey Schools in Detroit Lakes, and is pursuing collection of an unpaid utility and one-month rent bill in the "five figures," said City Administrator Bob Louiseau. "They are not, as far as we can tell, in business -- they did not pay their utility bill," Louiseau said. "We sent them a letter to terminate them." City officials do not have a working phone number for the hockey school's point person -- Jason Power of the St. Louis, Mo., area.
The number of people using the Becker County Food Pantry has more than quadrupled over the past 11 years, and the amount of food given out has more than tripled. Last year, the pantry distributed 216 tons of food to more than 13,000 people. And that was after cutting the amount of food it distributes from 41 pounds per person per month to 33 pounds per person per month. The need isn't going away, either.
White Earth Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor continues to push strongly for a Twin Cities metro casino-hotel that would share revenue with the state. The plan nearly passed when first proposed in 2005, and the state is in much worse financial shape now, Vizenor said in an interview Friday. If approved by the GOP-controlled Legislature and signed into law by DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, the project would bring an estimated $150 million a year to the people of White Earth.
A Detroit Lakes family lost their rented home to fire Monday due to preschool children playing with matches. The fire started in a bedroom and spread to the rest of the house on the 1100 block of Wilson Avenue, according to Detroit Lakes Assistant Fire Chief Scott Flynn. "It started with preschool kids playing with matches. They lit a bedroom on fire and it continued on to the rest of the house," he said. "It sustained pretty heavy fire and smoke damage throughout the house," he added. The fire was reported at 11:24 a.m.
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