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Two young adults were injured early Thursday morning after driving around barricades and hitting construction being done on railroad tracks on Highway 78 in Otter Tail County. Andrea N. Kerkeler, 18, of Phoenix and Hannah E. Naumann, 18, of Battle Lake both suffered minor injuries. According to the State Patrol, Kerkeler was driving a 2001 Toyota Highlander northbound and went around construction barricades, hitting railroad tracks under construction on Highway 78, at mile marker 38. The accident was reported at 12:15 a.m. on dry two-lane blacktop.
The pre-kindergarten through sixth grade elementary school in Audubon is getting ready for construction: Bids will be awarded Sept. 13 on the first phase of a $3 million project that involves new construction and renovation of the existing school. The bid opening for the "envelope" or outer portion of the project, including masonry walls, mechanical work and site development, will be at a special school board meeting Sept.
All the rainy weather of the past few weeks hasn't slowed down the North Washington Avenue project, which is on track to be completed the first week of October, according to County Highway Engineer Brad Wentz. The project includes tearing up and hauling away the chunks of concrete and old-style pavers used in years past, and replacing it with a new concrete street, curb and gutter. Washington Avenue is a county state-aid highway -- so the county actually handled the bidding process, with key input from the city.
John Okeson was the top vote-getter in the District 2 race for Becker County Board, but he isn't taking anything for granted and says he'll campaign hard through the general election on Nov. 2. He'll face second-place winner Cyndi Anderson on the ballot. Okeson won 32 percent of the total vote in the primary, with Anderson taking about 25 percent. Ben Farner came in third with 22 percent and incumbent Harry Salminen, who has suffered from health problems the past few years, took fourth out of five with 18 percent.
District 4 Becker County Commissioner John Bellefeuille says he has his work cut out for him in the general election, after coming in a very close second to Donald Skarie in the primary on Tuesday. Skarie received 186 votes, or 32.46 percent of the total, to Bellefeuille's 181 votes, or 31.59 percent. Coming in third was Brad Grant with 132 votes, or 23.04 percent. Richard Grossman and Bob Spilman were also in the race. "I'm pleased I got through the primary," Bellefeuille said.
Following an appeals panel ruling that subpoenas were not legally served, the Becker County Attorney's Office has dropped six felony contempt of court charges against Virginia Briard. "Based on the Minnesota Court of Appeals decision ... the state is unable to meet its burden of proof at trial," wrote Assistant Becker County Attorney Gretchen Thilmony in the notice of dismissal, filed in district court Tuesday.
An incumbent Becker County commissioner was knocked out of one race and anther commissioner race ended in a virtual tie in Tuesday's primary election. The top two vote-getters in each district move on to the general election in November. In District 2, Commissioner Harry Salminen was defeated. John Okeson was the top vote-getter with 273 votes, or 32 percent. In second place was Cyndi Anderson with 207 votes or 25 percent. Okeson and Anderson will face off in the general election. Ben Farner took third with 186 votes, or 22 percent.
BY NATHAN BOWE firstname.lastname@example.org An incumbent Becker County commissioner was knocked out of one race and anther commissioner race ended in a virtual tie in Tuesday's primary election. The top two vote-getters in each district move on to the general election in November. In District 2, Commissioner Harry Salminen was defeated. John Okeson was the top vote-getter with 273 votes, or 32 percent. In second place was Cyndi Anderson with 207 votes or 25 percent. Okeson and Anderson will face off in the general election. Ben Farner took third with 186 votes, or 22 percent.
Don't forget to vote in the primary election on Tuesday. Your vote will be worth double or triple its normal value because so few people tend to vote in primaries -- the votes of those who do gain that much more importance. If you're not sure which candidates to support, it's time to do some research.
Five people are competing for the District 4 seat on the Becker County Board of Commissioners: John Bellefeuille, Brad Grant, Rich Grossman, Don Skarie and Robert Spilman. District 4 includes Audubon Township, Detroit Township, the city of Audubon and Detroit Lakes Ward 1, Precinct 1. Here is some biographical information about the candidates, in alphabetical order: John Bellefeuille John Bellefeuille, 57, has been on the Becker County Board for four years, and says his experience as a police officer has served him well as a county commissioner. Bellefeuille, of 2258 Clark Gable Road,