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Prolonged hard economic times have stressed some families to the breaking point, and Becker County child protection workers are busier than ever trying to keep kids safe. "There's been a marked upwards trend in the child protection caseload," said Donna Richgels, child protection supervisor for Becker County Human Services. "We're also seeing a resurgence of meth use in the county," she told the Becker County Board Tuesday. Newcomers in trouble There has always been a transient population moving into Becker County from other counties in Minnesota, but now child protection workers are "s
The new security screeners who will operate a metal detector safeguarding the "courts" side of the Becker County Courthouse will also serve as greeters for people with business on the other side of the courthouse, said Sheriff Tim Gordon. The three part-time screeners will wear civilian clothes, not uniforms. "It's a suit-and-tie position," he said. "The position will be multi-faceted," Gordon told the County Board Tuesday.
The Minnesota unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percent in December to a seasonally adjusted 5.7 percent, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The state unemployment rate has fallen 1.5 percent since August, the biggest decrease over a four-month span on record in Minnesota, dating back to 1976. The U.S.
BY NATHAN BOWE firstname.lastname@example.org The Downtown Crossing development project in Detroit Lakes is ahead of schedule and is nearly full. So far, eight commercial tenants have signed long term lease agreements of 5 to 15 years, said DLM Downtown Properties co-owner Brent Kuehne. The following businesses will be opening in the new development: O'Reilly Auto Parts, one of the largest specialty retailers of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment, and accessories in the United States, serving both professional service providers and do-it-yourself customers. According
When the temperature soars to over 50 degrees in January, even the plants get confused. There were reports of daffodils coming up early, and people were out bicycling and playing in the snow as Detroit Lakes set a record high of 54 degrees Thursday. That melted the previous record high of 41 degrees set back in 1954, according to KRCQ Radio, which maintains its own weather station. The unseasonably warm weather is forecast to stay in the 30s and low 40s until Wednesday, when the high will be 19 degrees, according to WDAY Weather. The first casualty of the warm January weather was the c
Jarred into action by the Dec. 15 courthouse shooting of two people in Grand Marais, the Becker County Board is going ahead with stalled plans to upgrade security at the Becker County Courthouse. Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell, 45, and Grand Marais resident Gregory Thompson, 53, were both shot by a man who later died in custody.
If you want to give up tobacco for the new year, you'll have better luck if you don't try to go it alone. "The key here is, if you're looking to quit using tobacco, have a plan and support system in place ahead of time," said Mike Sheldon, senior communications manager at ClearWay Minnesota, which provides Quitplan services in the state. The odds of successfully quitting tobacco all alone and staying off tobacco for six months are about 3 percent, he said. Those odds can double or triple if you plan ahead, get support services and use them, according to information from Quitplan. The b
The head coach and assistant coach of the Detroit Lakes High School wrestling team are back on the job after serving suspensions without pay. Head coach Rob Ullyott was suspended for 14 days and assistant coach Todd Jackson was suspended for 10 days, according to Detroit Lakes Schools Superintendent Doug Froke. The district took the action after receiving a complaint and conducting an investigation, Froke said. He said he could not comment on the reason for the suspensions because of the Minnesota Data Privacy Act. Ullyott said he prefers not to comment on the reason for the suspension
Things are moving forward on several fronts in Becker County, and Board Chairman Barry Nelson provided an update during his State of the County Address on Tuesday. The county remains financially solid, with a zero percent levy increase for next year, and is already working on the 2013 budget. "We have been lobbying the state to let us provide services without their constricting rules," Nelson said.
Becker County commissioners are puzzling over how to establish new commissioner districts in the wake of healthy population growth following the 2010 census. No matter how they work the Rubik's Cube of redistricting, it looks like at least two commissioners, maybe more, will end up in the same district and will have to run against each other if they want to stay on the County Board next year. Commissioners must live in the district they represent. "It's hard for us to do this, we're going to have a commissioner running against a commissioner," said Board Chairman Barry Nelson.