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Another Becker County family has been left homeless by fire. Flames were coming through the roof of an older two-story house when Audubon firefighters arrived at the scene on East Little Cormorant Road Monday afternoon. Nobody was injured and no pets were harmed in the fire, which essentially destroyed the home. See the Detroit Lakes Tribune on Wednesday for the full story.
Thanks to a passing snowplow driver, a Detroit Lakes man was rescued after his sports utility vehicle went into the Pelican River in the Detroit Lakes Industrial Park early Thursday morning. Michael John Anderson, 51, of Detroit Lakes was transported to Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital by ambulance. He was transfered to Sanford Health hospital in Fargo, where he was in a regular patient ward on Friday. The 1997 Honda SUV he was driving sustained significant damage, according to Detroit Lakes Police Sgt. Chad Glander.
A wood burning stove is believed to be responsible for a fire that destroyed a mobile home and killed several pets Thursday a few miles west of Detroit Lakes. A young couple, Kyler Groft and Courtney Goettel, lived in the home, along with a child, Goettel said in an email. The home is owned by a relative who works as a long-haul trucker and stayed there occasionally, according to Becker County Sheriff’s Sgt. Shane Richard.
The Becker County property tax levy will drop by about 1.4 percent next year, as the county holds the line on spending and benefits from more state funding. The county’s total budget is about $42 million. It helps that the Minnesota Legislature increased Becker County’s County Participation Aid by $241,000 next year, for a total of more than $1 million. It also helps that the Legislature now exempts local government from state sales tax, which will save Becker County another $285,000 next year. The state has imposed levy limits on local government for next year.
The following Essentia Health clinics are closed as of noon today, due to the winter storm: Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Pelican Rapids Clinic Essentia Health-Bagley Clinic Essentia Health-Mahnomen Clinic Essentia Health-Oklee...
The Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Frazee Clinic will be closed Wednesday due to inclement weather. Patients can go to EssentiaHealth.org to get the latest information about clinic closures.
With snow falling thickly, bonfires and hot chocolate, the stage was set for the Parade of Lights in downtown Detroit Lakes Monday. The guest of honor, of course, was Santa Claus, who rode in the front of the parade as a guest of the Masons. “We’re just coming up here to see Santa and to see the Parade of Lights,” said Chris Braaten, who was there with 3-year-old Sully. “We’re here because it’s happening — someb
A rural Detroit Lakes man escaped but his dog died when a pickup truck when through ice on Rock Lake Sunday morning. Stephen Sperl, 49, was driving a 1998 Toyota Tacoma about a half-mile from shore when the truck broke through near what authorities believe was a pressure ridge. Ice thickness near pressure ridges can vary greatly. According to the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, Sperl and his black lab were going ice fishing when the truck broke through about 7:40 a.m. He jumped out but the dog didn’t follow.
Don’t miss the community gathering and powwow on Saturday at the Detroit Lakes Armory. The DEBWE powwow, which is always set for the Saturday after Thanksgiving, will start at 11 a.m. at the National Guard Armory with a pipe ceremony. The grand entry will be at noon. Several drum groups will attend. “It’s not like a regular powwow, there’s no payout to dancers,” said one of the organizers, Rob Fairbanks.
A rural Ogema man has been charged with two counts of first-degree arson and one count of felony burglary for allegedly setting fire to two buildings at a home in rural Callaway on Saturday. Daniel Jack Thompson, 22, of 31062 County Road 34, Ogema, was charged Monday in Becker County District Court.