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Becker County is home to some 3,300 veterans --more than 10 percent of its population -- and the Army National Guard Armory in Detroit Lakes is home to a Red Bulls infantry company, which fought during some of the toughest years in the long Iraq War. So it's only natural that Detroit Lakes should join the Yellow Ribbon Network, a lifeline for military families feeling isolated or abandoned in their communities. Gov, Mark Dayton will be in Detroit Lakes Aug. 22 for a 3 p.m.
Between the crowds that show up for the Independence Day holiday in early July and the crowds that show up for WE Fest in early August, it's not easy to find a good time for street construction in Detroit Lakes. This in between time isn't perfect either, what with the Jaycees Water Carnival July 13-22, but there is no perfect time and street construction work is now underway. "It's tough to schedule, but we do our best," said DL Public Works Director Brad Green. North Roosevelt Avenue, from Eighth Street to Highway 34, is closed for a construction project that started Monday.
Underage tubers caught drinking on the Ottertail River can expect zero tolerance from Becker County deputies over the July 4 holiday. "The Nightcap traffic enforcement program started last weekend and goes through the coming weekend," Sheriff Tim Gordon said Monday.
White Earth lost one of its best storytellers when Andy Favorite died in May. Favorite, who served as tribal historian and archivist and was a pipe-carrier for the tribe, loved Anishinabe culture and spirituality -- and he had a way with words, says Mike Swan, tribal spiritual leader and head of the White Earth DNR. "He was very passionate when he started talking about some of these things," Swan said. "It takes a certain amount of talent for anybody to get up in front of groups and tell stories and hold their interest -- he had that charisma ...
Because it's not clear how big the holiday crowds will be over the next week or so -- or when exactly they will show up -- Detroit Lakes Police Chief Tim Eggebraaten says the department is ready for anything. "It's a difficult year to plan for," he said Friday, "because the Fourth itself is on a Wednesday.
Sometimes it pays to wait a week or two. Becker County was able to save about $200,000 -- as opposed to saving about $150,000 -- by waiting a few days to refinance capital improvement bonds. The county accomplished this by not accepting any of the half-dozen or so refinancing bids it received from financial services firms at its meeting two weeks ago. Because of an unusually high number of city and county bond offerings nationwide on that particular Tuesday, the interest rate was not as favorable as expected. The county's bond advisors, Ehlers & Associates, suggested the county reject
Hail stones the size of golf balls and small baseballs smashed car windows west of Detroit Lakes this afternoon. A half-dozen cars in the SJE-Rhombus parking lot on County Road 6 had windows broken out by the hail stones. The storm was freakish in that one car would have serious damage, with multiple broken windows, deep dents and even hanging interior lights -- while one next to it seemed to have sustained little damage. Detroit Lakes itself apparently received mostly pea-sized hail, but reports were received of larger hail stones in the Audubon, Cormorant and Rochert areas. Kelly Sh
Work on a 32-turbine wind farm in Clay, Becker and Otter Tail counties will start next month. The Lakeswind wind farm will generate up to 49 megawatts of electricity.
Candidate filing has closed and two contested races have emerged for the Becker County Board: Craig Fontaine of 1058 Villa Lane, Mark Hagedorn of 1246 Lake Ave. and Ben Grimsley of 1030 Lake Ave.
Two more candidates for the Becker County Soil and Water Board have filed for office, but no additional county board candidates had filed as of Friday afternoon. Duane Grossman, who lives on the 14000 block of Grossman Road, rural Audubon, has filed for the District 3 seat on the Soil and Water Board. Anthony Beck, who lives on the 49000 block of Highway 87, rural Menahga, has filed for the District 5 seat. There are three supervisor seats up for election -- districts 2, 3 and 5.