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David Stowman of Detroit Lakes is one of just three outstate attorneys to be on the Top 100 list of "Super Lawyers" selected this year by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine. Stowman and his son, Jeff, operate Stowman Law Office in Detroit Lakes, specializing in personal injury accidents and wrongful death cases. Stowman said he is honored to be in the Top 100 group, since there are about 25,000 attorneys in the state, and 1,200 to 1,400 of them are designated Super Lawyers. "That's pretty good company to be in," Stowman said, "I feel good about that." Super Lawyers are chosen by ballots
John Bellefeuille By VICKI L. GERDES firstname.lastname@example.org When John Bellefeuille decided to run for a seat on the Becker County Board of Commissioners this fall, it wasn't a sudden whim. "It's something I've thought about for 15 years," said the 53-year-old Detroit Lakes native. A former Detroit Lakes police officer, he retired three and a half years ago, and now runs his own investigative service on a part-time basis. He and his wife, Pat, live on Long lake.
At least one member of the Detroit Lakes City Council is unhappy with the Utility Commission's decision to grant a $48,000 lump sum early retirement package to a longtime employee. The commission voted 3-0 earlier this month to give the payment to wastewater foreman Mike Jahnke, 53, who has worked for the utilities department for 30 years. Assuming that Jahnke would have worked until he was 62, the utilities department saved about $50,000, after the $48,000 payout, through the early retirement action, said Utilities Superintendent Curt Punt. Here's how Punt figures the savings: The utili
Inflexibility on the part of the lawmaker who sponsored the bill and opposition on the part of the locals sealed the fate of a 70-mile ATV/dirt bike trail in Becker County, according to one opponent of the project. "That killed it," said Mark Veronen, owner of Veronen's resort on Bad Medicine Lake. The county board voted 5-0 not to enter into a contract with the DNR to proceed with the trail at a meeting Tuesday at the Becker County Courthouse. At the meeting, which occurred in a packed third-story courtroom, State Rep.
It's the end of an era for the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center. Arlen Kangas has stepped down as chief executive officer of Holmes Center, Inc., which runs the community center. Kangas, president of Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corp., oversaw the community center from its inception in 2001. He stepped down as a Holmes Center, Inc. board member earlier, as part of a process to make the community center more independent. Holmes Center, Inc.
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Becker County commissioners said "no" to a proposed 70-mile trail system for all-terrain and off-highway motorcycles Tuesday, rejecting a measure to work with the State Department of Natural Resources on the pilot project -- at least for now. Commissioners voted unanimously not to proceed with the trail after hearing from Becker County residents and White Earth Indian Reservation members, many of whom opposed the project, during a four-hour public meeting at the courthouse. A number of residents also spoke in favor of the trail, including ATV enthusiasts from Becker County and the Twin Cit
A lawsuit against Becker county by the developer of Sandy Beach Estates on Lake Melissa is headed to mediation. The developer, Paces Lodging Corp. of Fargo, says it needs about 30 dock slips to make the development successful, but Becker County ended up granting permission for just six slips, according to the county's attorney, Jay Squires, who works for the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust, which is handling the lawsuit on behalf of Becker County. "The developer is challenging the number of mooring slips the county allowed," he said in an interview.
Things aren't so bad in Iraq for Guardsman Danny Blaha of Detroit Lakes. He said the Iraqis are OK, especially the kids. The work is rewarding: He likes keeping people safe and seeing them rebuild their lives. And the food's pretty good -- except for one thing: It's impossible to get enough Giants sunflower seeds. So when Giant Snacks of Wahpeton -- the maker of the Giants larger-then-average sunflower seeds -- received a call for help from Blaha in Iraq, the company responded immediately. "We've gotten several requests (from Iraq)," said customer service representative Kris Gress.
The contentious issue of a 70-mile designated ATV trail in Becker County was tabled for 30 days Tuesday, after the Becker County Board heard from a roomful of residents who oppose the plan. Two weeks ago, the board voted 4-1, with Commissioner Larry Knutson dissenting, to approve an agreement with the Minnesota DNR that would have allowed the county to be reimbursed in stages as the project proceeded. But the board later that day rescinded its approval because the item had been added late to the county board agenda and had not been publicized prior to the meeting. On Tuesday, some critic