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They're baaa-aack. Watch out for potholes as you're motoring around out there. They are, as Detroit Lakes Streets Superintendent Roy Estes Jr. says, the first sign of spring. "This is the time of year they happen," he said.
Should President George W. Bush be impeached? Becker County DFLers overwhelmingly supported a resolution calling on U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson to join an effort in the U.S. House that may lead to impeachment proceedings against President Bush. Eight U.S. House members co-sponsored Resolution 635 late last year to create a select committee to investigate the grounds for impeaching President Bush. David Stowman of Detroit Lakes, who introduced the resolution at the DFL county convention Tuesday, said that all but one or two people there voted for it.
The average family in Detroit Lakes will see its water and sewer utility costs go up a total of 33 percent.
Jim Klobuchar, who was a Star Tribune columnist for more than 30 years, gave an impassioned speech at the Becker County DFL Convention Tuesday on behalf of his daughter, U.S. Senate candidate Amy Klobuchar. As Minnesota residents and U.S., citizens, DFL activists are understandably angry about the direction of the country, he told about 50 people who attended the convention at the Minnesota community and Technical College in Detroit Lakes. "You are appalled by what has happened in the Capitol of your country," he said.
The White Earth Land Recovery Project has "substantially" upped its bid for the former Callaway School building, according to founding director Winona LaDuke. The nonprofit organization wants to use the building for a variety of purposes -- including cultural education (Ojibwe language immersion courses, for example) and as a base for its fast-growing native food and craft business.
Bogged down in internal dissent and external opposition, a county committee charged with mapping out a 70-mile trail for all terrain vehicles and dirt bikes has temporarily given up the job. The two county commissioners who sit on the committee -- Karen Mulari and Larry Knutson -- pushed for the break because they said the deeply divided committee was just spinning its wheels.
With Becker County Auditor Keith Brekken planning to retire later this year, a committee will study whether to combine the county offices of auditor and treasurer. "I'd like us to take a hard look at all our land-use positions in the county," said Board Chairwoman Karen Mulari. "I'd like us to streamline government so we don't have to grow government as our population grows." Commissioner Larry Knutson agreed. "The opportunity is here to combine those offices.
The Becker County Board on Tuesday narrowly agreed to support the idea of a runway expansion at the Detroit Lakes Becker County Airport, provided the city council gives its support to the concept. The vote was 3-1, with Commissioner Barry Nelson voting in opposition and Commissioner Bob Bristlin abstaining. Bristlin said he abstained because he could not go along with the letter of support, which stated in part: "We have investigated alternative sites for a new airport but feel that any new site suitable for an airport would have to be located too far from our community to provide the econ
Becker County commissioners will discuss possible consolidation of the auditor and treasurer positions at their regular meeting Tuesday. County Auditor Keith Brekken will retire later this year after 16 years on the job, opening up the possibility of combining the auditor and treasurer positions.
If the mood of commissioners at a recent Becker County Board meeting is any indication, organizers of the 10,000 Lakes Festival should not expect their conditional use permit to be rubber-stamped this year. "We need to curb the drug use out there," said Commissioner Barry Nelson. "That's the biggest problem.