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The Becker County property tax levy will drop by about 1.4 percent next year, as the county holds the line on spending and benefits from more state funding. The county’s total budget is about $42 million. It helps that the Minnesota Legislature increased Becker County’s County Participation Aid by $241,000 next year, for a total of more than $1 million. It also helps that the Legislature now exempts local government from state sales tax, which will save Becker County another $285,000 next year. The state has imposed levy limits on local government for next year.
The following Essentia Health clinics are closed as of noon today, due to the winter storm: Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Pelican Rapids Clinic Essentia Health-Bagley Clinic Essentia Health-Mahnomen Clinic Essentia Health-Oklee...
The Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Frazee Clinic will be closed Wednesday due to inclement weather. Patients can go to EssentiaHealth.org to get the latest information about clinic closures.
With snow falling thickly, bonfires and hot chocolate, the stage was set for the Parade of Lights in downtown Detroit Lakes Monday. The guest of honor, of course, was Santa Claus, who rode in the front of the parade as a guest of the Masons. “We’re just coming up here to see Santa and to see the Parade of Lights,” said Chris Braaten, who was there with 3-year-old Sully. “We’re here because it’s happening — someb
A rural Detroit Lakes man escaped but his dog died when a pickup truck when through ice on Rock Lake Sunday morning. Stephen Sperl, 49, was driving a 1998 Toyota Tacoma about a half-mile from shore when the truck broke through near what authorities believe was a pressure ridge. Ice thickness near pressure ridges can vary greatly. According to the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, Sperl and his black lab were going ice fishing when the truck broke through about 7:40 a.m. He jumped out but the dog didn’t follow.
Don’t miss the community gathering and powwow on Saturday at the Detroit Lakes Armory. The DEBWE powwow, which is always set for the Saturday after Thanksgiving, will start at 11 a.m. at the National Guard Armory with a pipe ceremony. The grand entry will be at noon. Several drum groups will attend. “It’s not like a regular powwow, there’s no payout to dancers,” said one of the organizers, Rob Fairbanks.
A rural Ogema man has been charged with two counts of first-degree arson and one count of felony burglary for allegedly setting fire to two buildings at a home in rural Callaway on Saturday. Daniel Jack Thompson, 22, of 31062 County Road 34, Ogema, was charged Monday in Becker County District Court.
The Detroit Mountain Recreation Area is starting to take shape. A beautiful new chateau is rising near the site of the original lodge, and it will have a roomy central area dominated by twin pillars made of white pine trees, corrugated tin features, rugged-looking “stone mountain” rock along the foundation line, and rough-hewn lumber to complete the alpine chateau look. Work is ongoing at the lodge, which will be enclosed by Dec. 1 so that interior work can continue during the winter.
Arson is believed to be the cause of a fire near Callaway that damaged two buildings — a pole barn-type building that was being used as a shop and a nearby garage. Nobody was hurt in the blaze, which was reported about 6:20 a.m. Saturday, according to Callaway Fire Chief Keith Heinlein. The shop was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, and the fire spread to the garage, he said.
The DEBWE headquarters on the 500 block of Washington Avenue is a busy place these days, as volunteers work to create regalia of fur, leather, cloth, beadwork, feathers and quills for a Nov.