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Largely satisfied with the results of an investigation by Becker County Administrator Brian Berg, the county board voted 4-1 Tuesday to grant a liquor license to the Cormorant Inn & Suites. The board had tabled the request two weeks ago, amid concerns about past zoning disputes and legal action involving the Cormorant Inn. As Board Chairwoman Karen Mulari put it at the last meeting, owner Kevin Karel has a "track record" with the county that left most commissioners wanting further scrutiny of the liquor application. On June 10, 2004, Cormorant Inn & Suites was cited with a misdemeanor li
Becker County Treasurer and Auditor Ryan Tangen and challenger Larry Moe have something in common -- they both worked for the State Auditor's Office in Detroit Lakes. Tangen left four years ago to become county treasurer, and also took on the auditor duties in June after Keith Brekken retired. Moe stayed with the state auditor's office, where he has worked for 18 years, transferring to the Moorhead office when the Detroit Lakes office was closed during the state budget crunch three years ago.
In a close vote Tuesday, the Detroit Lakes City Council decided that a 290-foot-long concrete wall -- ranging in height from 8 feet to 11 feet, and eliminating a steep bluff along the Pelican River -- does have the potential for "significant environmental impact" and actually is a "substantial change" in the River Hills RV Park project. The council voted 4-3 Tuesday to require developer Patrick Onstad to go through the environmental assessment worksheet process for that portion of his 130-unit project. Voting to require the EAW were aldermen Bruce Imholte, who made the motion, James Hannon
Becker County Commissioner Bob Bristlin came out strongly for a county building code and said the city of Detroit Lakes should be more proactive in protecting the environment, while challenger John Bellefeuille talked up his experience as a township supervisor and member of the Long Lake Association Thursday evening at a candidate's forum in Detroit Lakes. The two fielded a number of environment-related questions, but there was not a whole lot of disagreement going on between them, as the only two participants in the forum sponsored by the Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations, which
A grand jury will be convened in Becker County on Oct. 31 to determine who, if anyone should be charged in the Sept.
Kevin Karel, owner of Cormorant Inn & Suites, knew he was in for rough sledding Tuesday when he asked the Becker County Board for an on-sale liquor license. The only openly supportive commissioner was Bob Bristlin.
Detroit Lakes City Council members met with property owners last week to gauge support for running city water and sewer lines along the west side of Richwood Road. City policy requires annexation prior to extending infrastructure, according to City Administrator Rich Grabow. "They are outside the city -- we invited them to a meeting to see if there's any interest -- it was an informational meeting for property owners and the city council to see how everybody feels about it," Grabow said. The results of the public hearing were a mixed bag, he said.
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The developer of the River Hills RV park says he is jumping hurdles as they arise and he is determined to complete his 130-unit project. Patrick Onstad bought the River Hills Golf Course several years ago and plans to build an RV park on land that includes the former driving range.
New information has come to light, and the Becker County Sheriff's Department is actively investigating the assault incident involving Detroit Lakes School Superintendent Mark Adams and Mark Rothschadl of rural Ogema, according to Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon. It's not clear whether the new information will result in charges being filed. The two men brought mutual assault complaints following an incident Sept. 9 at Rothschadl's farm. Becker County Attorney Joe Evans determined last week that no charges would be filed in the case.