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He may be the last Detroit Lakes police captain. Paul Goecke retired on Friday, March 30, and the police force will essentially replace him with two sergeants, for a total of three sergeants. Goecke, 55, has been on the force since 1979.
Becker County is considering following the lead of Detroit Lakes and declaring a one-year moratorium on new advertising billboards. Business signs would not be affected. The Detroit Lakes City Council has already heard the first of two readings required to pass the moratorium. And the city council has directed city staff not to grant any new billboard permits until it makes a final decision on the moratorium, according to three people who came to the county board meeting Tuesday to push for the moratorium -- Glenn Gifford, Sharon Josephson and Del Bergseth. "We wanted to approach the c
For a lot of area veterans, it may be the most important strip of pavement since they traveled Highway 1 in Vietnam. Or maybe the airport road into Baghdad.
It's a long way from Hollywood to Detroit Lakes, and even further from war-torn Yugoslavia to the Red River Valley, but downtown Detroit Lakes will soon play a role in an independent film -- called "Buick Rivera" -- about the aftermath of war in that country. Despite the drizzle last Sunday, a cameraman, with his camera hooded for protection, perched on a corner of the roof of the Main Street Restaurant building, shooting a "beauty shot" for the film. Young people in trench coats were on the street assisting in traffic control for the shot. The script for the movie was one of a dozen or
All-day, every-day kindergarten will be offered free by the Lake Park-Audubon School District when school starts this fall. But parents can still opt for half-time kindergarten if they so desire. The LP-A School Board voted 4-2 Monday, with one member absent, to offer free full-time kindergarten to those who want it. Dale Binde, Vicky Grondahl, Rick Olson and Jeff Swetland voted for it and Rick Ellsworth and Mike McIntire voted against it. Lori Bartunek was absent. The district already offers all-day, every-day kindergarten.
A Becker County deputy faces three misdemeanor charges for alleged illegal hunting. Tim Haverkamp was charged in Becker County District Court Tuesday with using artificial light to locate animals; using a hunting license issued to another person; and hunting deer without a license. He was also charged initially with obstructing the legal process, but that charge was crossed off the complaint.
Change is coming to the three state forests in Becker County. Starting in 2009 (if the process stays on schedule) ATVers, dirt bike riders and other motorized vehicles will no longer be able to ride anywhere they like on state forest land -- as they now can unless there are signs specifically posted to keep them out. Instead, trails will be considered closed to motorized vehicles unless signs are posted saying they are open. The reversal is being recommended by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, whose field team of specialists just completed about six months worth of work on
The assault trial of Detroit Lakes Superintendent Mark Adams took an unexpected turn Tuesday when Mark Rothschadl, the man he is accused of assaulting, collapsed while testifying and was taken to the hospital by an EMS crew. Rothschadl, 47, had testified for several hours on behalf of the prosecution Tuesday morning. After an hour break for lunch, testimony resumed at 1 p.m.
The judge presiding over the assault case of Detroit Lakes School Superintendent Mark Adams sided with the prosecution on Wednesday, denying a defense motion to dismiss the grand jury indictment for first- and third-degree assault. Defense attorney Peter B.
Detroit Lakes School Superintendent Mark Adams will go on trial on felony first- and third-degree assault charges at 9 a.m.