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Good news for 300 local families on a waiting list for home heating assistance -- Minnesota will receive an additional $56.3 million in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds. When added to the $86.4 million in federal funds already received by the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program, it will bring the total for the heating season to $142.7 million. "It is definitely good news for the area and for the state," said Nancy Cummings, energy programs coordinator for Mahube Community Council. The 300 low-income families on the Mahube waiting list applied after the original Dec
After working long and hard to lay the groundwork for Becker County's new Recreational Plan, a steering committee is ready to hand the ball off to the county board. Thanks to the project, the county has created a very useful website with an interactive, multi-layer map showing designated trails and other recreational amenities --including public accesses, snowmobile trails, campsites and hiking trails -- 16 categories in all. For hunters, there is a separate map showing tax-forfeited lands by township.
The Detroit Lakes Community Center was a bustling place Saturday morning -- the fieldhouse was divided by a curtain and filled with grade school boys and girls playing "Hot Hands" basketball, their parents watching from the sidelines. The pool was full of swim and dive team members (and spectators) from five high schools, and the Zumba class looked to have about 40 people dancing to Latin music. The track, aerobic exercise machines and weight equipment were all busy. You might think January is the busiest time for the community center, and you'd be right. "January and February are supe
In spite of opposition from some neighbors and the City of Detroit Lakes, the Becker County Board went ahead Tuesday and approved a request for an off-sale liquor license near Lake Melissa. The business, called "10,000 Lakes Liquors," would be located in the former Malstrom Realty building near Highway 59 and County Road 17 in Lakeview Township. If measured as the crow flies, the business would just barely be within the 3-mile radius around the Detroit Lakes city limits -- at least according to the city. By state law, the city municipal liquor store is protected from private competition
The volunteers on the Detroit Mountain ski patrol helped a lot of people on the slopes over the years -- through good weather and bad -- and often had a blast doing it. For a long time, the young Karen Selberg (now Selberg-Lavelle) was the only female on the Detroit Mountain ski patrol.
Depending on how things play out, Becker County could get hit with significant snowfall in the final few days of the year. The National Weather Service office in Grand Forks says the weather pattern remains "very complex." Freezing drizzle fell in the area Thursday morning, coating roads and windshields. "An area of snow will develop Thursday afternoon into Thursday evening from Fargo and Wahpeton through Minnesota lakes country with 5 to 8 inches of new snow expected," the weather service said on its website.
Once again, Becker County commissioners failed to get a pay raise for next year, and once again they have no one to blame but themselves. The board on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution keeping their pay and per diem rates unchanged from this year. Commissioners are paid $22,137 a year, plus a $50 per diem for committee meetings.
Becker County commissioners on Tuesday voted to offer the county administrator position to Tom Mortenson of Detroit Lakes, who has risen to high levels in business, government and the military. The vote was unanimous, although several commissioners praised the quality of all three finalists for the job. The offer to Mortenson is contingent on a successful background check and on reaching a salary agreement, said Acting County Administrator Nancy Grabanski. Mortenson informally accepted the job at an open house at the courthouse Tuesday in honor of outgoing commissioners Harry Salminen an
The Becker County Food Pantry is a bustling place this time of year: On Tuesday, customers wheeled grocery carts with boxes of food out one door while a boisterous group of young Frazee-Vergas students brought in boxes of food through another door. They were unloading the luggage compartment of an Anderson bus, the bounty from their school food drive, which brought in about a ton of foodstuffs for the food pantry. Meanwhile, several members of the Detroit Lakes Eagles Club waited for their chance to make a $3,500 donation. The upshot of all the activity is that the food pantry is in good
If you've driven past the Detroit Lakes city beach lately, you've probably noticed a village of fish houses on Little Detroit Lake -- including a large pull-behind camper parked out on the ice. When it comes to what kind of shelter you drag out on the ice for fishing, pretty much anything goes. "Common sense" dictates what kind of shelter people bring out on the lake ice, said Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon.