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The Minnesota Board of Public Defense is concerned about the effects of government shutdown on Minnesota's judicial system, and has asked a district judge to include the public defender system with other essential state functions. A shutdown on July 1 could mean that people accused of minor offenses will have to sit in jail for three days because there's no judge to let them out. Or worse, that people accused of serious crimes will go free, either for lack of a public defender or failure by the state to meet its requirement for a timely trial. That's according to attorney David Stowman o
Detroit Lakes City Engineer Jon Pratt says a state government shutdown on July 1 would hit home harder than most people realize, and would affect locally-funded projects as well as state-funded projects. And it would come at the worst possible time -- both in terms of the short construction season and the fragile state of the economy. "We're hoping for the best and planning for the worst," Pratt said, though the planning is sketchy at best because the state isn't even sure what to expect at this point. "We won't know the full extent unless there is a shutdown," then people will see dela
After an altercation between two young men, one allegedly hit the other with a car and fled the scene early Sunday morning on Frazee Road near Acorn Lake in Burlington Township. Dan Leslie, 23, of Frazee was taken by St. Mary's Ambulance to Essentia Health St. Mary' hospital in Detroit Lakes. He suffered bruising, abrasions and other medical issues after being hit by the car, according to Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon. The driver of the 2002 Ford Taurus was identified as Eli Anderson, 26, of rural Vergas in Otter Tail County.
A Frazee woman was injured Wednesday afternoon when her Chevy Malibu rear-ended a semi truck on Highway 34 a few miles east of Detroit Lakes. Katie A. Baysinger, 21, of Frazee suffered non life-threatening injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Baysinger was eastbound in a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu when she rear-ended a 2007 Freightliner semi combo rig that had stopped to make a left turn. There is a bypass lane in the area. The accident was reported at 5:07 p.m. at mile marker 40 on dry two-lane blacktop. The semi driver's name was not immediately released.
Katie the German Shepherd will soon have a new job: She will serve as an in-house therapy dog for veterans who visit the Becker County Veterans Service Office during regular business hours. Two veterans who use service dogs were at the Becker County Board meeting Tuesday to endorse the plan. Doug Koenig of Audubon Township has several service dogs now, and he said his river patrol craft unit also kept a dog that was invaluable for companionship and guard duty when he served in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970.
The Lodge on Lake Detroit is celebrating its fifth anniversary, and it has recently converted to a Best Western Premier -- the Lodge is the ninth hotel in North America and the first in the Midwest and the first in Minnesota to display this new Best Western descriptor. It is hosting a Grand-Re Opening Premier Party today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., to celebrate the achievement. The Premier Party festivities from 5 to 8 p.m.
The FBI and the Becker County Sheriff's Department are asking for the public's help in solving the theft of an ATM machine from Midwest Bank in Callaway. The instant cash machine was taken overnight from a lobby area that is always open to the public. The ATM machine was recovered by the sheriff's department about five miles away in a remote location, along with a car that had been stolen from the Rochert area. Anyone who passed through Callaway between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.
Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday evening on Highway 59 near L&M Fleet. The accident occurred about 8:41 p.m. when a 1999 Chrysler Towncar, driven by Candice Jean Crowell, 36, of Detroit Lakes, collided with a 2001 Ford Ranger. The pickup truck, driven by Newell Duane Hackey, 81, of West Fargo was northbound on Highway 59 attempting to turn left onto the frontage road. The pickup turned in front of the southbound Chrysler, and they collided, with the pickup ending up overturned on the driver's side. Crowell was transported by St. Mary's EMS to Essentia Health St.
Veteran DFL lawmakers from the area didn't actually come out and say the Minnesota Republican Party has been hijacked by its right wing, but reading between the lines at a news conference in Detroit Lakes on Wednesday, that seemed to be the general consensus. "There are 21 new GOP senators this year, and none would have been elected in a normal year," said Minnesota Sen. Keith Langseth of Glyndon. "They are much further to the right than the average Republican voter." That large freshman class is essentially running the Legislature.
At a recent public meeting, Becker County officials heard feedback on the proposed County Parks and Recreation Ordinance. The ordinance, if adopted, will replace two older county ordinances, and will provide the nuts and bolts of enforcing rules for county parks and other county-managed land. It sets hours, fees and rules for parks, recreation areas or limited use areas; requires motorized vehicles to stay on designated roads, trails and parking areas -- and that drivers not be reckless or drink and drive. It sets common sense rules for conduct in parks, recreation areas or limited use a