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In the words of Becker County Deputy Sid Canham, you never see anything good at the scene of a motorcycle-deer accident. He was the first law enforcement officer on the scene after Todd Pearson, a state trooper who was motorcycling on Becker County Road 37 in his off time with his wife, Nancy, hit a deer. For Todd, it meant five broken ribs, a punctured lung and a bruised liver. Nancy suffered a nasty road rash. But the Aug. 24, 2011 accident could have been a lot worse.
A Detroit Lakes company is helping out victims of a massive tornado that struck near Oklahoma City recently. Pet Care Systems, makers of Swheat Scoop cat litter, on Friday donated 4,000 pounds of its lightly scented wheat-based cat litter to tornado victims in Oklahoma. The company donated 80 25-pound bags, or two pallets worth of kitty litter, to Oklahoma Pet Relief. “We’re donating basically two tons of litter, enough for 375 cats,” said Tom Moses of Pet Care Systems. “I saw it on the news the other night and thought we could help a bit,” Moses said. The Fargo TV station KVLY
A Frazee man died Thursday night after being struck by a train. Sim Vincent Pettibone, 22, of 406 E.
Lake associations, townships, cities, sportsmen groups and other organizations will now be able to hire aquatic invasive species educators to work public accesses in Becker County, under an emergency resolution approved by the county board Tuesday. The process had been held up after the county balked at signing a new “delegation agreement” with the DNR regarding inspection activity at accesses, citing liability concerns. Under the emergency resolution approved Tuesday, the county will handle hiring, payroll processing and worker’s compensation insurance for paid AIS educators. Funding
Welcome to spring: higher gasoline prices have been clobbering Minnesota since two large Chicago-area refineries shut down for extended maintenance. The price of a gallon of regular gas averaged $3.42 on April 21. On Friday morning it was $4.15 at most Detroit Lakes gas stations. “Yeah, we’ve been hearing from the customers — I’ve been hiding in the office,” joked Lynn Westphal, assistant manager at Cenex in Detroit Lakes.
Becker County has hired a new highway engineer. Jim Olson has 17 years of experience in civil engineering working at various government agencies. He has been engineering project manager for the city of St. Louis Park for the past nine years. He managed the development, design and construction of the city’s public works improvement projects.
Zebra mussels reared their ugly little heads at the Becker County Board meeting Tuesday. Members of the county’s aquatic invasive species task force sparred with county officials over whether the county is doing enough to keep zebra mussels and other aquatic invaders out of county lakes. Specifically, they want the county to join neighboring counties in signing a boat inspection "delegation agreement" with the DNR.
What happens when the Humane Society of the Lakes meets the Mid-Minnesota Harness Club? A trail ride, dance and campout to remember. The Waggin Trail Ride set for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday is a fundraiser for the Humane Society, and features a short ride Friday evening and a long ride on Saturday, followed by a barbecue meal, a live auction, music with deejay Jim Colby and camping both nights.
The late ice-out on area lakes this season has put a damper on the walleye fishing opener. “We don’t make any money, and it’s a weekend we don’t get back,” said John Store, owner of Quality Bait & Tackle in Detroit Lakes. Resorts that cater to anglers have been seeing cancellations and reschedulings, said Dan Berg, owner of Lakecrest Resort on Long Lake near Detroit Lakes, and president of the Minnesota Resort and Campground Association. “If people are there to fish, and they can’t put their boat in the water, they’re not going to come,” he said.
Josh Mason would like to see more Detroit Lakes businesses and organizations follow the lead of United Methodist Church. Mason, an energy services specialist with the city, wants everyone to know about the city’s commercial rebate programs for lighting retrofits and new construction lighting. United Methodist took advantage of those rebates to retrofit its church lighting. Of course, it helped that Al Johnson is on the church board of trustees.