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Nobody died at WE Fest this year. That might come as a big surprise to readers of dl-online.com, the Web version of our newspaper. For several days during WE Fest this year, a story about a death there was at the top of the "most read" story section on our homepage. The "most read" box is an automated section driven by the number of readers who click on that story. Once a big story shows up, it tends to stay in there, sometimes for days. Most readers probably didn't glance at the date above that story.
Mahube Community Council is waging a lonely battle to help keep people in their homes through its Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program. But it got an unexpected shot in the arm recently when it received more money than expected for the 2011-2013 biennium. It applied for $594,000 -- a 10 percent increase over the current biennium and the maximum it could apply for. To the agency's surprise, it not only received the 10 percent increase from the state -- while others across Minnesota were seeing cuts -- it received an additional $30,000 to help with the poor housing situation i
The all-natural kitty litter business has been good to Pet Care Systems, maker of Swheat Scoop, a litter made from naturally-processed wheat. And why not? The environmentally-friendly kitty litter is flushable, made from renewable sources and doesn't contain any hazardous materials, said Don Davis, president and CEO of Farmers Union Industries, LLC, which first invested in Pet Care Systems in 2002, and later assumed full control of the company. Last week, Farmers Union Industries announced an investment of $4.25 million in its Pet Care Systems division in Detroit Lakes.
There should be signs on highways coming into Minnesota that read "Watch Out for Rising Property Taxes." In Becker County, property taxes will rise 6.35 percent across the board, unless the county board acts to cut the budget by that amount. Cities, school districts and other taxing entities are in the same boat. Businesses will be especially hard hit by higher property taxes.
Becker County is not going to put up with failing septic systems on its lakes, and has developed a system to prioritize lakes that need the most help -- as well as to ensure that lake septic systems across the county are inspected every 10 years. At this point, the program only applies to recreational and general development lakes. "Any septic system over 10 years old will be required to provide a certificate of compliance or noncompliance," said county zoning administrator Patty Swenson.
Don't look now (you'll jinx it) but there's nary a stalk of flowering rush anywhere to be seen on the mile-long Detroit Lakes city beach. Where has all the flowering rush gone -- long time passing? It's true that young girls picked it (along with a lot of adults) in the Crush the Rush campaign, but that's not directly responsible for its disappearance. What is responsible is a good dose of the submergent herbicides Diquat and Aquathol K that seems to be working better than anybody dared hope. "It's really helped -- it's done a remarkable job," said Detroit Lakes Parks and Recreation Di
Arrows flew and the smell of gunpowder was in the air at the Height of Land Sportsman's Club over the weekend, About 35 families gathered for the annual get-together hosted by the Bearclaw Muzzleloaders of Northern Minnesota. Members dress in pre-1840s garb and generally use gear and equipment similar to what was available back then. Guest campers came from all around the region to visit, trade and enjoy some friendly shooting and archery competition. "It's the camping and the shooting," that draws people to black powder rendezvous, said Bearclaw President Al Witthoeft of Detroit Lake
A power outage late Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning left downtown Detroit Lakes in the dark after one of the city's sub-stations shorted out. Streetlights and traffic lights were dark during the two-hour blackout, which affected a large section of town, including the main downtown business area and West Lake Drive. The north side of Detroit Lakes and areas west of Highway 59 and east of Roosevelt Avenue were unaffected by the blackout. Two traffic lights at relatively quiet intersections were not working on the new section of Highway 10, but traffic lights were functioning at
It's back to the drawing board for the new Becker County Parks and Recreation Ordinance. The first draft ordinance weighed in at 45 pages and was not well-received by commissioners when they received it a few days prior to the public hearing held Tuesday. "Did anybody get past page 28?" asked Commissioner Larry Knutson. A handful of county residents were at the hearing to comment on the proposed ordinance, and Board Chairman Barry Nelson essentially told them not to bother -- at least not with the details. "As commissioners we do not intend to move forward on this (draft proposal)," he
Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena will turn in his badge on July 15 --retiring 15 years to the day after he started. "I never had to worry about it (the police department). He did a good job -- he was very professional," said former mayor Larry Buboltz, who was instrumental in hiring Keena from the St.