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Katie the German Shepherd will soon have a new job: She will serve as an in-house therapy dog for veterans who visit the Becker County Veterans Service Office during regular business hours. Two veterans who use service dogs were at the Becker County Board meeting Tuesday to endorse the plan. Doug Koenig of Audubon Township has several service dogs now, and he said his river patrol craft unit also kept a dog that was invaluable for companionship and guard duty when he served in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970.
The Lodge on Lake Detroit is celebrating its fifth anniversary, and it has recently converted to a Best Western Premier -- the Lodge is the ninth hotel in North America and the first in the Midwest and the first in Minnesota to display this new Best Western descriptor. It is hosting a Grand-Re Opening Premier Party today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., to celebrate the achievement. The Premier Party festivities from 5 to 8 p.m.
The FBI and the Becker County Sheriff's Department are asking for the public's help in solving the theft of an ATM machine from Midwest Bank in Callaway. The instant cash machine was taken overnight from a lobby area that is always open to the public. The ATM machine was recovered by the sheriff's department about five miles away in a remote location, along with a car that had been stolen from the Rochert area. Anyone who passed through Callaway between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.
Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday evening on Highway 59 near L&M Fleet. The accident occurred about 8:41 p.m. when a 1999 Chrysler Towncar, driven by Candice Jean Crowell, 36, of Detroit Lakes, collided with a 2001 Ford Ranger. The pickup truck, driven by Newell Duane Hackey, 81, of West Fargo was northbound on Highway 59 attempting to turn left onto the frontage road. The pickup turned in front of the southbound Chrysler, and they collided, with the pickup ending up overturned on the driver's side. Crowell was transported by St. Mary's EMS to Essentia Health St.
Veteran DFL lawmakers from the area didn't actually come out and say the Minnesota Republican Party has been hijacked by its right wing, but reading between the lines at a news conference in Detroit Lakes on Wednesday, that seemed to be the general consensus. "There are 21 new GOP senators this year, and none would have been elected in a normal year," said Minnesota Sen. Keith Langseth of Glyndon. "They are much further to the right than the average Republican voter." That large freshman class is essentially running the Legislature.
At a recent public meeting, Becker County officials heard feedback on the proposed County Parks and Recreation Ordinance. The ordinance, if adopted, will replace two older county ordinances, and will provide the nuts and bolts of enforcing rules for county parks and other county-managed land. It sets hours, fees and rules for parks, recreation areas or limited use areas; requires motorized vehicles to stay on designated roads, trails and parking areas -- and that drivers not be reckless or drink and drive. It sets common sense rules for conduct in parks, recreation areas or limited use a
Hoping to make the walk to school safer for kids, the city of Detroit Lakes has teamed up with the Detroit Lakes School District to apply for a $200,000 federal grant to build sidewalks in older neighborhoods. The city and school district have been pushing for more kids to walk and bike to school to promote exercise and healthful living. But, said Detroit Lakes Public Works Director Brad Green, "it's hard when you make kids walk down the middle of the street because there's nowhere else to walk." The grant application will be submitted in the next few days, said City Engineer Jon Pratt.
Two women suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Highway 59 and County Road 17. According to the Minnesota State Patrol: Doris A. Kragnes, 70, of Detroit Lakes was southbound on Highway 59 in a 2000 Dodge Caravan. She stopped to make a left turn onto County Road 17, and was rear-ended by a 1998 Buick LeSabre driven by Patricia M. Archer, 73, of Pelican Rapids. Kragnes was treated and released and Archer suffered minor injuries, according to the State Patrol. The accident was reported at 2 p.m.
The Audubon fire chief is calling a 17-year-old boy a hero for getting his family out of a burning mobile home early Saturday morning. "He was brave enough to go back in and get his family out of the house -- it was fully engulfed in 20 minutes," said Audubon Fire Chief Darcy Savig. Seventeen-year-old Devin Campbell said he woke up about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, coughing on smoke. "He got up, got out of bed and noticed it was sort of smoky in the room.
Gretchen Hoffman, a freshman state senator from Vergas, caused an uproar in the Legislature late Wednesday night with this "tweet" message to her followers: "Sen. Goodwin just called people with mental illness idiots and imbeciles while debating HHS bill." But Hoffman was stretching the truth, to put it kindly. Sen. Barb Goodwin, a mild mannered DFLer from Columbia Heights, hadn't called anybody names. Instead, she had disparagingly read on the Senate floor what people with mental illness used to be called. "This is how far we've come," she said.