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You can't keep a good woman down. Vonnie Johnson, for example, likes to be about seven or eight feet up during deer hunting season -- in her tree stand. Never mind that she's 80 years old and just had chemotherapy the day before. Johnson went hunting deer this season on the 40 acres of land she lives on about five miles east of Detroit Lakes on Highway 34. She hunted mostly with granddaughter Chrissy and her husband, Jamie, although she also went out alone once. "I've been hunting for 57 years," she said.
Mark "Chip" Lohmeier, who has run Becker County's natural resources and parks department since 1993, has accepted a similar job with Hubbard County. He will resign effective Dec.
The Becker County Board on Tuesday agreed with three recommendations by the County Planning Commission: Darwin Lindsey, of 20244 County Road 29, Rochert, was granted a conditional use permit to operate a beauty shop on the property. The shop will be located in an existing building separate from the home. The property owner will be the only employee with hours of operation being Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m.
The final appointments have been made to Becker County's re-established zoning and subdivision ordinance advisory committee. Commissioner Larry Knutson appointed Ray Vlasak, Commissioner Harry Salminen appointed Dick Pettit, Commissioner Gerry Schram appointed Jerry Schutz, Commissioner John Bellefeuille appointed Don Lefebvre and Commissioner Barry Nelson appointed Jerome Flottemesch.
A fatal head-on collision was reported on Highway 59 in Mahnomen County about 7:30 p.m. Friday. Anna M. Levy, 33, of White Earth died in the crash. The second driver, Larry A. Retmann, 59, of Belview, Minn., suffered no apparent injuries. He was northbound in a 2004 vehicle that collided with a southbound 1991 Cadillac DeVille that crossed the centerline at mile marker 291 on Highway 59. The crash occurred on dry two-lane blacktop. The Mahnomen County Sheriff's Department assisted at the scene.
A remodeled Boys and Girls Club in Callaway is now open, and will serve more than 100 youngsters in a 15-mile radius. The club opened in the former Manitok wild rice building, which years ago used to be a lumberyard, said Tim Reiplinger, chief professional officer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the White Earth Reservation. "We remodeled the first and second floor of the building and turned it into our Boys and Girls Club," he said.
After an investigation into allegations against members of the Lake Eunice Township Board, it was determined that -- while they may have broken some laws -- it was not done intentionally and no criminal charges should be filed. The Becker County Sheriff's Department investigated and the Clay County Attorney's Office made the decision not to press charges.
Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Jeff Swanson is urging people to take carbon monoxide poisoning seriously. There have been 18 carbon monoxide-related calls in Detroit Lakes the past year, and several serious cases in the past 18 months -- including one woman who had to be airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital, Swanson said. "Thirty years ago we didn't have these problems," Swanson said.
It will likely be a few months before they make their appearance, but rural residents of Becker County can expect to see their recycling sheds replaced with specialized dumpsters. And they won't be just any dumpsters -- these are the kind of dumpsters you wouldn't want to meet alone in a dark alley -- more than 8½ feet high, 8½ feet long and 6½ feet wide, each capable of holding 10 cubic yards of recyclables. There will be up to five of these behemoths at each recycling site, providing up to 50 cubic yards total capacity. By comparison, the rural recycling sheds now in use each hold abou
Voting has been steady in Becker County for the general election today, and there have been few if any problems with election equipment or polling places. "It's almost eerily quiet," said Becker County Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen at about 1:15 p.m. "Things are going pretty well," he said. The county received new voting equipment in 2006, and Tangen is used to going out to polling places to troubleshoot when problems arise. But today, they never arose. On a normal election day, he gets up at 6 a.m.