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The volunteers on the Detroit Mountain ski patrol helped a lot of people on the slopes over the years -- through good weather and bad -- and often had a blast doing it. For a long time, the young Karen Selberg (now Selberg-Lavelle) was the only female on the Detroit Mountain ski patrol.
Depending on how things play out, Becker County could get hit with significant snowfall in the final few days of the year. The National Weather Service office in Grand Forks says the weather pattern remains "very complex." Freezing drizzle fell in the area Thursday morning, coating roads and windshields. "An area of snow will develop Thursday afternoon into Thursday evening from Fargo and Wahpeton through Minnesota lakes country with 5 to 8 inches of new snow expected," the weather service said on its website.
Once again, Becker County commissioners failed to get a pay raise for next year, and once again they have no one to blame but themselves. The board on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution keeping their pay and per diem rates unchanged from this year. Commissioners are paid $22,137 a year, plus a $50 per diem for committee meetings.
Becker County commissioners on Tuesday voted to offer the county administrator position to Tom Mortenson of Detroit Lakes, who has risen to high levels in business, government and the military. The vote was unanimous, although several commissioners praised the quality of all three finalists for the job. The offer to Mortenson is contingent on a successful background check and on reaching a salary agreement, said Acting County Administrator Nancy Grabanski. Mortenson informally accepted the job at an open house at the courthouse Tuesday in honor of outgoing commissioners Harry Salminen an
The Becker County Food Pantry is a bustling place this time of year: On Tuesday, customers wheeled grocery carts with boxes of food out one door while a boisterous group of young Frazee-Vergas students brought in boxes of food through another door. They were unloading the luggage compartment of an Anderson bus, the bounty from their school food drive, which brought in about a ton of foodstuffs for the food pantry. Meanwhile, several members of the Detroit Lakes Eagles Club waited for their chance to make a $3,500 donation. The upshot of all the activity is that the food pantry is in good
If you've driven past the Detroit Lakes city beach lately, you've probably noticed a village of fish houses on Little Detroit Lake -- including a large pull-behind camper parked out on the ice. When it comes to what kind of shelter you drag out on the ice for fishing, pretty much anything goes. "Common sense" dictates what kind of shelter people bring out on the lake ice, said Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon.
Flooding lakes in Otter Tail County continue to plague the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District. On Lake Alfred, located about halfway between Pelican Rapids and Barnesville in Norwegian Grove Township, water is already in one building and is threatening another.
Hoping to save some travel time and expenses, Becker County will start sending some autopsy work to Anoka County, and is streamlining the way it handles bodies under its care. Becker County has long used the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for autopsy work, but Anoka County's program, while newer, also has a good reputation, said Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon. Anoka County is closer than Ramsey County, so the switch could save three or four hours of metro-area drive time for local funeral homes, which transport the bodies, Gordon said. "Anoka County may agree to serve Becker C
Becker County commissioners interviewed three finalists for the county administrator's position on Thursday. One of them will replace Brian Berg, who left in July to take the top administrative job with Clay County. In addition to the five sitting commissioners -- Larry Knutson, Gerry Schram, Barry Nelson, John Bellefeuille and Harry Salminen -- the two newly elected commissioners also sat in on the interviewing process. Don Skarie and John Okeson will replace Bellefeuille and Salminen next month. Also on the interviewing panel were Acting Administrator Nancy Grabanski and County Attor
Becker County commissioners were praised at a public hearing Tuesday evening for keeping the 2011 tax levy hike to a relatively small 3.14 percent. Several farmers at the meeting -- while unhappy about a steep increase in their land value -- told commissioners they had done a good job with the county budget. "We know times are tough and we're not going to contribute to the stress that's out there," said County Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen. The levy hike, along with taxes from new construction, will bring in an additional $549,000 next year. The county's total tax levy will increase fr