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Some of the biggest employers in the area are teaming up with Becker County and area city governments to help workers buy a home. The idea behind the employer-assisted housing program is to provide an employee $5,000 or more in down payment assistance by tapping into the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, which will provide matching grants of up to $2,500 per first-time homebuyer. The businesses and local governments would kick in cash and tax credits to meet the matching requirements, and the program will be administered by the Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corp.
Nine years after it pulled out of Multi-County Nursing Service to go it alone, Becker County is poised to join three neighboring counties in a collaborative public health system. The move would go beyond the cross jurisdictional sharing that Otter Tail, Clay and Wilkin counties have done in the past few years; it would establish a joint powers agreement and a joint powers board. But unlike the former Multi-County Nursing Service, the new organization would be structured so that each county board retains its authority over its county health department. Each county health department wil
Hopes are high that a $3.1 million request to build a 10-mile Heartland Trail segment between Detroit Lakes and Frazee will be included in the legislative bonding bill next year. “We feel like it’s our turn in the queue here,” said Detroit Lakes Alderman Bruce Imholte. “It’s been about 10 years since we first started talking to them.” Detroit Lakes had one of its best boosters on hand — former mayor Larry Buboltz —to sell the plan to lawmakers who stopped in Detroit Lakes Thursday on a tour of proposed projects. Buboltz made his pitch on a bus ride from Moorhead to Detroit Lakes.
David W. Hann is quietly getting ready for voters to hand Republicans control of the Minnesota Senate. Hann, 61, is minority leader of the Minnesota Senate. A Republican, he represents District 48, which includes portions of Hennepin County in the southwestern Twin Cities metropolitan area.
The names have been released of two adults that were in a car going the wrong way on Highway 108 and were killed in a head-on collision Wednesday evening. Two children that were in the 1997 Chrysler Cirrus suffered serious injuries in the crash. The Chrysler collided with a 2001 Ford Excursion, and two people in that vehicle also suffered serious injuries, according to the state Patrol. Deceased are Sean P. Campbell, 34, of Deer Creek (the driver of the Chrysler) and passenger Pamela K.
The Detroit Mountain Recreation Area is on track and on schedule to open in a little over a year, as planned. Supporters from the community and beyond have so far donated $750,000 of the $1 million goal during the public fundraising campaign. Mark Fritz, the board member in charge of fundraising for the organization, said the public fund-raising campaign launched in July is going well. “We’re thrilled,” he said. “We’ve raised over three quarters of a million dollars since we came public with this.
There will soon be a local option for people in mental health crisis other than hospitalization or being sent home. A two-bed crisis stabilization unit will open in Detroit Lakes by early November. The unlocked apartment-type facility will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be available on a voluntary basis for patients who meet the criteria for admission. The idea is to create a supportive environment for people in crisis who need help, but don’t need full hospitalization. Average stay is expected to be 4-8 days. “The reason we’re doing this is because Becker
Wildfires in the western part of the United States can make for spectacular sunsets and sunrises in this area. “It’s been periodic and not continual,” said WDAY meteorologist John Wheeler, “but a few days over the past few months — it’s not every night — it’s been brilliant.” The outstanding sunsets are caused by high altitude smoke from the west, he said. “People need to understand this isn’t smoke you can smell,” he said.
A Detroit Lakes woman has won $10,000 playing a Minnesota Lottery scratch game. Anita McDougall was playing the Lottery’s Cash & Cadillac game. She claimed the prize Aug. 30. The winning ticket was purchased at Big Daddy’s Quick Stop on Morrow Avenue in Detroit Lakes. Proceeds from the Lottery benefit all Minnesotans. Since 1990, the Lottery has raised more than $2.2 billion for state programs.
After more than 25 years as a road builder, Dean Drewes of rural Osage has launched his own business. D&D excavating specializes in driveways, basements, building sites, dump truck hauling and similar jobs. Dean and Lori Drewes are the sole owners and operators.