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WE Fest organizers are in heaven -- the country music festival at Soo Pass Ranch has sold out of general admission tickets. "The three-day tickets have for the first time sold out, which is incredible," said WE Fest President Jeff Krueger. "This lineup seems to have struck a key note with country music fans." The festival is Thursday through Saturday, Aug.
Hundreds of people turned out at Grace Lutheran Church Wednesday morning for the funeral of Army Cpl.
Filing for office closed Tuesday, and Becker County Commissioner Bob Bristlin has two challengers for the District 4 seat on the county board -- John Bellefeuille of 24439 Clark Gable Road and Chet Collins of 25718 East Cozy Cove Road. County Treasurer Ryan Tangen has one opponent running for the newly-consolidated position of county auditor-treasurer -- Larry J. Moe of Frazee. Dr. Knute Thorsgard filed for re-election to the county coroner job.
So far, only Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon has a challenger in county elections in November. Filing opened July 4, and Gordon and Deputy Jay Nelson have both filed for the sheriff's job. In other races, only incumbents have filed so far: Commissioners Bob Bristlin and Harry Salminen have filed for re-election; Joe Evans has filed for county attorney; Treasurer Ryan Tangen has filed for the newly-created auditor-treasurer position, and Darlene Maneval has filed for county recorder.
Troy Linden was only 22 when he died Saturday from an exploding roadside bomb in Iraq. He packed a lot of living into those years, and he had dreams of college, marriage and family after he came home from Iraq for good. Troy grew up on a farmstead in a lightly wooded area, spotted with pastures and fields, off Rock-Rice Road in central Becker County.
Yes, some of the swimming areas along the Detroit Lakes City beach are weedy, but there's a method to the madness of the Pelican River Watershed District, which is responsible for weed control. The district has hatched a long-term strategy to combat the main culprit -- flowering rush, a perennial aquatic plant that is on the DNR's prohibited exotic species list. It grows like, well, a weed, and has proven very difficult to eradicate.
Although many rural Minnesota counties were caught off-guard by a new state law banning TVs and computer monitors from landfills, Becker County has already been recycling the so-called "e-waste" for about a year now. Because a single monitor can contain up to 8 pounds of lead, counties were required to recycle the material starting July 1. Rainwater and snowmelt can leach the lead out of the appliances, polluting groundwater.
Paul Holle, a Wheaton, Minn, resident and early heart transplant recipient, has been tapped by the Republicans to take on longtime DFL Sen. Keith Langseth of Glyndon. In 1986, in need of heart repair, Holle became the second heart transplant recipient at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Becker County commissioners Harry Salminen and Bob Bristlin both plan to run for another four-year term this year. They are the only two on the five-member county board up for re-election. Several other county offices are also up for election this year, and all incumbents say they plan for file for re-election when filing opens July 5. The general election is Nov.
Need a ride? There's a new taxi service in Detroit Lakes that offers competitive rates and extended hours of operation. DL Taxi Service is owned by Rob and Roxanne Fairbanks of Detroit Lakes. The couple run six-passenger vans -- a 2001 Chrysler and a 2004 Ford -- out of their home, and bring an upbeat attitude and a focus on customer service to their new business, which opened earlier this month. They accept fares from 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.