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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will hold a meeting in Detroit Lakes 1-3 p.m. Oct. 4 to provide a biennial update of the state's polluted lakes and stream segments. Several lakes in Becker, Otter Tail and Hubbard counties are on the "impaired waters" list. In the Detroit Lakes area, lakes Melissa and St. Clair are slated to be added to the list in 2008. Melissa for mercury in fish tissue, affecting fish consumption, and St. Clair for total phosphorus, affecting recreation. Melissa will be targeted for improvement from 2008 to 2022, according to the MPCA Web site. St.
The withdrawal of two partners from the Big Stone II project has officials looking for the best way to keep the new coal-fired power plant on track: Options include enlisting another partner or proceeding with a slimmed-down project. Great River Energy announced recently that has chosen to withdraw as an owner in the project. In addition, Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency will not be participating as an equity owner because it's in the middle of a contract lawsuit with Rochester Public Utilities, its biggest member. The combined impact means a withdrawal of hundreds of millions o
Supporters of a new school in Lake Park-Audubon are hoping voters will be in the Yuletide spirit this year: residents will vote on whether to bond for school improvements just a week before Christmas The LP-A Board on Monday voted to set a special election for Dec.
The Detroit Lakes area must be doing something right. Visitors almost all enjoy themselves, and most of them come back again. And those visitors tend to travel in slightly larger groups, stay longer, and spend more money than most other areas of the state. That's the news from a recently completed tourism study of the Detroit Lakes-Mahnomen Area -- which also includes Frazee and White Earth -- done by the University of Minnesota Tourism Center. The study involves more than 550 self-identified visitors interviewed throughout the year at places as different as the Fireside Restaurant, th
A Becker County grand jury has indicted a Waubun man for first-degree, premeditated homicide in the April 13 shooting death of Chad Swedberg, which occurred while he was processing maple syrup near his home in rural Ogema. Kenneth Eugene Andersen, 34, of 37997 280th Ave., Waubun (Fish Hook Lake) was indicted Monday afternoon in Becker County District Court. He was a friend and business associate of Swedberg. The grand jury deliberated all last week and reached a charging decision late Friday afternoon. Andersen had already been charged with second-degree murder in the case.
Emotions ran high among Lake Park-Audubon School Board members Wednesday as they tried to decide whether to put a school building measure on the ballot. Stung by three building bond referendum defeats within the last two years, Board Member Jeff Swetland pushed long and hard for the board to try a different approach this time around. He wanted the board to sit down with leaders of the "vote no" effort and try to negotiate some kind of compromise. Specifically, he wants to ask them if they would support a new school if the Minnesota Department of Education were to officially reject a "rep
A grand jury has been convened in the Becker County Courthouse, but proceedings are secret and court officials are not even confirming that the grand jury is in session. Grand juries are used to make charging decisions in difficult cases, but a grand jury indictment is also required in Minnesota in order to level a first-degree homicide charge. On Tuesday, a White Earth police officer waited with bailiffs outside the third floor courtroom for his turn to testify. The most recent homicide charged in Becker County occurred April 13 with the death of Chad Swedberg, 33, a Little White Earth
Lake Park-Audubon residents may get a chance to vote on a no-frills school project in late November or early December. Rather than place the same plan on the ballot again, the LP-A School Board is considering whittling it down from $26.7 million to $23.8 million. The proposal, rejected twice by voters, most recently in May by fewer than 100 votes, calls for a new high school in Lake Park and a combination of new construction and renovation at the elementary school in Audubon. The board is considering shaving about $2.9 million off the building bond referendum through a combination of omi
A host of ideas, 12 in all, were considered Thursday when the Lake Park-Audubon School Board discussed options for school improvements. The ideas were compiled from suggestions from the community and past experience. Some options include "very rough projections" from the district's architect, Zerr-Berg, said LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie.
Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Jeff Swanson wants to make sure smaller fire departments across Minnesota have access to training funds. "I want to make sure the smaller departments don't get left out of the mix," he said. Earlier this month, Swanson was appointed to the 15-member Firefighter Training and Education Board by Gov.