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Detroit Lakes Superintendent Mark Adams has been reinstated and is back on the job, following his acquittal on assault charges Friday. Detroit Lakes School Board Chairman Tom Seaworth said Adams, who has been on administrative leave, took vacation time Monday and Tuesday but was slated to be back at the office today. "Mark is off administrative leave," Seaworth said Tuesday. "He'll be back in the office tomorrow -- he is our superintendent." Adams will not attend graduation ceremonies, set for 7:30 p.m.
An Otter Tail County jury acquitted Detroit Lakes Superintendent Mark Adams of both felony assault charges against him Friday. The jury of seven women and five men took about 90 minutes to reach a verdict. Defense attorney Peter Wold of Minneapolis rested his case as soon as the proceedings started Friday morning, without calling any additional witnesses.
After more than eight months of newspaper headlines, police statements, legal consultations, a grand jury indictment, and an aborted first trial, emotions got the best of Detroit Lakes Schools Superintendent Mark Adams -- he wept when he finally took the stand in his own defense here Thursday. He is charged with felony first- and third-degree assault, for allegedly punching Mark Rothschadl in the face about 5 p.m. on Sept.
Prosecution witnesses Mark Rothschadl and Ronny Lanoue sparred with defense attorney Peter Wold, and 10-year-old Dallas Lanoue testified on behalf of the prosecution Wednesday during the second day of testimony in the assault trial of Detroit Lakes Superintendent Mark Adams. Adams was charged by a Becker County grand jury Nov.
A key witness in the new assault trial of Detroit Lakes Schools Superintendent Mark Adams testified Tuesday. Matt Lanoue, a self-employed trucker who lives on 25 acres in Becker County near Waubun, testified that Adams stopped at his place to ask directions to the Mark Rothschadl farm a good four hours earlier than Adams claims. The time difference is important because the prosecution hopes to show that Adams pre-planned the confrontation that occurred about 5 p.m. Sept.
Voters on Tuesday narrowly rejected a $26 million plan to build a new high school and upgrade the elementary school in Lake Park-Audubon. The vote was 1,138 "no" to 1,045 "yes," a difference of just 93 votes. In the Audubon precinct, which was counted first, the vote was 677 "no " to 353 "yes." In the Lake Park precinct, the vote was 461 "no' to 692 "yes." A crowd of about 40 "yes" supporters, mostly high school students, watched the LP-A School Board canvass the votes Tuesday evening. "My work isn't done, this isn't over yet," said an angry Rick Ellsworth after the meeting.
A semi truck driver who caused a fatal accident by doing a U-turn on Highway 34 was given an unusually lenient sentence Monday. Ahmed Haji Ridhwani, 23, of Columbus, Ohio, appeared in Becker County District Court before District Judge Mark Hansen. He was charged with a serious felony -- criminal vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident -- for his role in a fatal car-semi crash on Feb.
Old Three Legs slaughtered livestock by the dozen, attacked people unfortunate enough to cross his path, and defied all efforts to kill him, according to information from the Becker County Historical Society.
For years, the preserved body of Old Three Legs, a 125-pound, 7-foot-long timber wolf, has been a popular attraction at the Becker County Museum. The rogue wolf roamed a half-dozen counties from 1916 to 1926, slaughtering livestock with murderous zeal and terrorizing everyone from schoolchildren to lumberjacks. On Thursday, the Old Three Legs collection became complete: The 30-30 Winchester that Fred Darkow used to bring down the notorious wolf was donated to the museum by his grandson, Detroit Lakes native Tony LaSalle. "The fact that he shot the wolf was kind of an accident," said LaSa
Ever wonder how they manage to while away the hours at the Becker County Attorney's Office? Here's a clue: Between giving legal advice to commissioners and county officials, prosecuting serious crimes, protecting at-risk young people, working with victims and witnesses, and going after juvenile criminals, the county attorney's office is in the trenches providing legal advice on matters as diverse as waste management, defending challenges to property tax values, representing the Human Services Department on welfare appeals, enforcing county environmental and health ordinances, and forfeiting