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The number of people using the Becker County Food Pantry has more than quadrupled over the past 11 years, and the amount of food given out has more than tripled. Last year, the pantry distributed 216 tons of food to more than 13,000 people. And that was after cutting the amount of food it distributes from 41 pounds per person per month to 33 pounds per person per month. The need isn't going away, either.
White Earth Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor continues to push strongly for a Twin Cities metro casino-hotel that would share revenue with the state. The plan nearly passed when first proposed in 2005, and the state is in much worse financial shape now, Vizenor said in an interview Friday. If approved by the GOP-controlled Legislature and signed into law by DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, the project would bring an estimated $150 million a year to the people of White Earth.
A Detroit Lakes family lost their rented home to fire Monday due to preschool children playing with matches. The fire started in a bedroom and spread to the rest of the house on the 1100 block of Wilson Avenue, according to Detroit Lakes Assistant Fire Chief Scott Flynn. "It started with preschool kids playing with matches. They lit a bedroom on fire and it continued on to the rest of the house," he said. "It sustained pretty heavy fire and smoke damage throughout the house," he added. The fire was reported at 11:24 a.m.
The Becker County Board stepped up to take the lead Tuesday in the effort to keep zebra mussels out of the county. Commissioners agreed to contract with an invasive aquatic species specialist for six months, at a cost of $20,000. The new AIS coordinator position was the No. 1 priority of a county Invasive Aquatic Species Task Force, said Becker County Planning and Zoning Administrator Patty Swenson. "The committee as a whole prioritized (the list) for the county," Swenson said. The AIS coordinator "is the first request and the priority of the task force," she said.
A Detroit Lakes man was found dead at his doorstep Saturday morning, apparently after dying of exposure on a night when overnight lows were below zero. Aaron Braasch, 36, was found by a relative about 8 a.m. outside the house he lived in on the 600 block of Roosevelt Avenue, according to Detroit Lakes Police Sgt. Chad Glander. "He was found unresponsive," Glander said, "right outside the door." Braasch's body has been sent for an autopsy to Midwest Medical Examiner in the city of Ramsey in Anoka County. "We're still waiting for the final results," Glander said.
Minnesota lawmakers have started using Legacy dollars in ways they aren't supposed to, and if it continues, that money will no longer be available for purposes that voters intended -- extra spending on clean water, the outdoors, conservation, trails and the arts and culture. "It would be a betrayal of the voters to use it on things it was never intended for," said Sheila Smith, executive director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. She was in Detroit Lakes Thursday with a handful of others concerned that Legacy dollars be used as intended. "The threat that Legacy funds will be directed t
A level 3 sex offender is now living in Becker County in rural Waubun. Mark Anthony Rehm, 27, moved to a residence on Becker County Road 21 on Saturday. The exact address was not disclosed. In 2001, Rehm was convicted of first-degree sexual conduct with a 4-year-old girl. In 2003, he was convicted of third-degree sexual conduct with a 14- year-old girl and failure to register.
Detroit Lakes police, fire and EMS crews responded to this crash scene on the 700 block of Richwood Road this morning. A Detroit Lakes man, John Muhlenkort, 43, was injured when the Chevrolet Blazer he was driving left the roadway and hit a fence and a tree. A condition report was not immediately available.
The University of Minnesota Extension Service in Becker County has found a new home. It will move from the Human Services building downtown to 1120 Eighth St.
Becker County has a new environmental services director with more than 30 years experience in the field. Marin Wiley has decades of experience as a DNR forester, including 12 years of forestry management experience.