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The Detroit Lakes area was busy over the holiday weekend, but the visitors were mostly well-behaved and things went well, according to Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena. "Sgt. (Robert) Strand was in charge with our response and our staffing. He worked 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sgt. (Chad) Glander worked 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.," said Keena. "Strand said that during the day, the beach was full of families," he added. "People were being very respectful. There were very few encounters with people with dogs or alcohol." Traffic control was not a problem, either, Keena said.
Thousands of spectators who gathered for fireworks in Detroit Lakes Monday evening had to contend with stormy weather, including several tornado sightings in the Detroit Lakes area. A number of people on the city beach, including a police officer, saw a tornado illuminated by lightning flashes across the lake, according to Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena. Young people at the beach said the sight of the tornado was much more effective at dispersing the crowd than the warnings from police. The funnel over Big Detroit Lake was actually the second one reported.
All but essential state services shut down at midnight Thursday as state leaders have been unable to reach an agreement on how to bridge a projected $5 billion budget deficit. Republicans control both houses of the State Legislature and want to balance the budget through deep cuts, while DFL Gov.
After making some relatively minor changes, the Becker County Board approved the new county recreation plan on Tuesday. The recreational plan includes an inventory of resources and a multi-layer online map.
The Minnesota Board of Public Defense is concerned about the effects of government shutdown on Minnesota's judicial system, and has asked a district judge to include the public defender system with other essential state functions. A shutdown on July 1 could mean that people accused of minor offenses will have to sit in jail for three days because there's no judge to let them out. Or worse, that people accused of serious crimes will go free, either for lack of a public defender or failure by the state to meet its requirement for a timely trial. That's according to attorney David Stowman o
Detroit Lakes City Engineer Jon Pratt says a state government shutdown on July 1 would hit home harder than most people realize, and would affect locally-funded projects as well as state-funded projects. And it would come at the worst possible time -- both in terms of the short construction season and the fragile state of the economy. "We're hoping for the best and planning for the worst," Pratt said, though the planning is sketchy at best because the state isn't even sure what to expect at this point. "We won't know the full extent unless there is a shutdown," then people will see dela
After an altercation between two young men, one allegedly hit the other with a car and fled the scene early Sunday morning on Frazee Road near Acorn Lake in Burlington Township. Dan Leslie, 23, of Frazee was taken by St. Mary's Ambulance to Essentia Health St. Mary' hospital in Detroit Lakes. He suffered bruising, abrasions and other medical issues after being hit by the car, according to Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon. The driver of the 2002 Ford Taurus was identified as Eli Anderson, 26, of rural Vergas in Otter Tail County.
A Frazee woman was injured Wednesday afternoon when her Chevy Malibu rear-ended a semi truck on Highway 34 a few miles east of Detroit Lakes. Katie A. Baysinger, 21, of Frazee suffered non life-threatening injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Baysinger was eastbound in a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu when she rear-ended a 2007 Freightliner semi combo rig that had stopped to make a left turn. There is a bypass lane in the area. The accident was reported at 5:07 p.m. at mile marker 40 on dry two-lane blacktop. The semi driver's name was not immediately released.
Katie the German Shepherd will soon have a new job: She will serve as an in-house therapy dog for veterans who visit the Becker County Veterans Service Office during regular business hours. Two veterans who use service dogs were at the Becker County Board meeting Tuesday to endorse the plan. Doug Koenig of Audubon Township has several service dogs now, and he said his river patrol craft unit also kept a dog that was invaluable for companionship and guard duty when he served in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970.
The Lodge on Lake Detroit is celebrating its fifth anniversary, and it has recently converted to a Best Western Premier -- the Lodge is the ninth hotel in North America and the first in the Midwest and the first in Minnesota to display this new Best Western descriptor. It is hosting a Grand-Re Opening Premier Party today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., to celebrate the achievement. The Premier Party festivities from 5 to 8 p.m.