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A semi truck driver who caused a fatal accident by doing a U-turn on Highway 34 was given an unusually lenient sentence Monday. Ahmed Haji Ridhwani, 23, of Columbus, Ohio, appeared in Becker County District Court before District Judge Mark Hansen. He was charged with a serious felony -- criminal vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident -- for his role in a fatal car-semi crash on Feb.
Voters on Tuesday narrowly rejected a $26 million plan to build a new high school and upgrade the elementary school in Lake Park-Audubon. The vote was 1,138 "no" to 1,045 "yes," a difference of just 93 votes. In the Audubon precinct, which was counted first, the vote was 677 "no " to 353 "yes." In the Lake Park precinct, the vote was 461 "no' to 692 "yes." A crowd of about 40 "yes" supporters, mostly high school students, watched the LP-A School Board canvass the votes Tuesday evening. "My work isn't done, this isn't over yet," said an angry Rick Ellsworth after the meeting.
Old Three Legs slaughtered livestock by the dozen, attacked people unfortunate enough to cross his path, and defied all efforts to kill him, according to information from the Becker County Historical Society.
For years, the preserved body of Old Three Legs, a 125-pound, 7-foot-long timber wolf, has been a popular attraction at the Becker County Museum. The rogue wolf roamed a half-dozen counties from 1916 to 1926, slaughtering livestock with murderous zeal and terrorizing everyone from schoolchildren to lumberjacks. On Thursday, the Old Three Legs collection became complete: The 30-30 Winchester that Fred Darkow used to bring down the notorious wolf was donated to the museum by his grandson, Detroit Lakes native Tony LaSalle. "The fact that he shot the wolf was kind of an accident," said LaSa
Ever wonder how they manage to while away the hours at the Becker County Attorney's Office? Here's a clue: Between giving legal advice to commissioners and county officials, prosecuting serious crimes, protecting at-risk young people, working with victims and witnesses, and going after juvenile criminals, the county attorney's office is in the trenches providing legal advice on matters as diverse as waste management, defending challenges to property tax values, representing the Human Services Department on welfare appeals, enforcing county environmental and health ordinances, and forfeiting
The way the Lake Park-Audubon School Board sees it, a "yes" vote on the $26.17 million school bond measure May 8 is the only option that makes any sense. Sure, the district could dissolve itself and be divided among neighboring school districts, but the property taxes would be higher in Hawley and not much lower in Detroit Lakes. And those districts might have to pass building bonds themselves to house the additional 630-some students, further raising property taxes. There's no way to avoid being part of a school district, the state requires everyone to be in one, said Carolyn Drude, an
Friends and family describe murder victim Chad James Swedberg, 33, as a good-natured jack-of-all-trades who almost always had a smile for a friend and loved the outdoors with all his heart. But no one seems to have any idea why he died Friday morning, shot while processing maple syrup alone in the woods behind his home on Little White Earth Lake Road. "We're treating it as a homicide, using all the investigative techniques you do with a homicide," said Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon.
The moratorium/ was just a tease/ commissioners said "no"/ to a billboard freeze (with apologies to Burma-Shave) In a close shave for outdoor advertising companies, the Becker County Board on Tuesday decided against imposing a one-year moratorium on new permits for advertising billboards. The moratorium would not have applied to business signs. The board opted instead to form a committee to look at the county's current billboard zoning laws.
There's not a lot for "profoundly retarded" people to do these days, but that's going to change by the end of summer, at least in Detroit Lakes. There are 19 such clients at the Becker County Developmental Achievement Center in Detroit Lakes. With IQs of 19 or less, they generally can't walk, talk, feed themselves or go to the bathroom without help. They make up more than a fourth of the 72 clients who come to the DAC daily to learn work and living skills. (In 20-point IQ increments, the other categories of retardation are severe, moderate and mild). And they will benefit from a 4,1
The cost of electricity in Detroit Lakes is headed up -- perhaps by 10 percent next year for residential customers -- due to a weather-related double whammy that has hit the city's energy suppliers. "A big ice storm the first of the year came through Nebraska and that region, and literally took out all of our transmission lines that bring us our service out of the Laramie River Station (a coal-fired power plant in Wheatland, Wyo.)," said Detroit Lakes Utilities Superintendent Curt Punt. Detroit Lakes gets 60 percent of its power from there, and with the power lines down, it had to purchase