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Two sitting county commissioners will face off in the Nov. 6 general election -- a showdown that came about because redistricting put them both in the same new district. The new District 3 encompasses the townships of Lakeview, Burlington, Erie and Holmesville. Gerry Schram has been on the board for four years and John Okeson has been a commissioner for two years. Schram, 66, is retired from car sales at Norseman Motors, where he worked for over 34 years. Okeson, 64, worked at the Becker County Highway Department for more than 40 years, retiring as maintenance supervisor.
Great North Pizza Co. is up and running, with its signature hand-rolled crust pizza for sale in bars and grocery stores from Mahnomen to Wahpeton. The fledgling Detroit Lakes business is owned by Zach Taves, operations manager, Becca Taves, office manager and Andrew Satter, sales manager. They make five varieties of 13-inch pizzas -- starting with hand-rolled dough they make themselves in a giant mixer.
If the Voter ID amendment passes, it could cost Becker County as much as $500,000, according to Becker County Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen, who is in charge of local elections. The Voter ID Act is one of two constitutional amendments (the other is an anti-gay marriage amendment) placed on the Nov.
Do-it-yourself landscaping can help beautify your yard in so many different ways, it's hard to know where to begin -- from layering flowers to installing water features to giving your yard year-round interest. Here are some tips from the experts at About.com: Bring in the reinforcements. Perennials are a good, inexpensive way to keep your flower beds blooming year after year. But they only bloom for so long each season.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say they are exempt from paying deed transfer taxes on foreclosed property they have handled -- so Becker County has joined a class action lawsuit against the two large mortgage agencies. It's a low-risk, low-reward proposition for Becker County, since the county only has to help pay for the lawsuit if it is successful -- and it doesn't stand to gain a whole lot even if it wins. But it means roughly $11 million across Minnesota -- 97 percent of which will go into state coffers. At issue are deed transfer taxes that amount to $330 (.0033 percent) on the sale of
Action by officials with the University of Minnesota Extension Service has made Becker County commissioners so angry that they are withholding payment for the newly hired 4-H coordinator position. But state 4-H director says the university did nothing wrong, followed the proper procedures and hired the same way it always hires Extension employees. The country pays for the 4-H position, but the coordinator is a state employee and is paid by the state. Becker County Commissioner Barry Nelson said district Extension officials essentially walked all over the county's search committee, thumb
Gasoline prices are high for this time of year, but they should be dropping in the next few weeks, according to an analyst with Gas Buddy.com, which tracks gasoline prices across the United States and Canada. In Minnesota, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.92 on Tuesday. That was 6 cents higher than the national average. "In the next month or so, I could see it dropping to $3.65 to $3.85," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com in Chicago.
Becker County commissioners approved a 3 percent general fund levy hike for 2013, and they again declined to raise the EDA levy -- but neither vote was unanimous on Tuesday. Board Chairman Larry Knutson voted against the proposed levy after other commissioners agreed to add $50,000 to the general fund budget, tentatively to be used against aquatic invasive species. Knutson believes the board acted out of "political expediency" after the president of the Lake Detroiters Association, Barb Halbakken-Fischburg, pressured commissioners, asking why no money was in the 2013 budget to fight aquati
A new $900,000 clinic in Frazee is expected to open next spring. The new Essentia Health St. Mary's-Frazee Clinic will be located at 300 Main Ave. East. The clinic is expected to open next spring, and will replace the existing clinic at 114 W. Main St. Dr. Paul Hendrickson, a long-time Family Medicine physician in Frazee, will continue to staff the clinic. This October, he'll be joined by Nurse Practitioner Karin Halvorson.