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Six finalists for the Becker County administrator position will be interviewed Friday by the Becker County Board. The interviews are set to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the courthouse and are expected to continue for much of the day. The names of the finalists are public, but have not yet been released. More than 40 people applied for the position via a professional recruiting firm, which handled the application process and developed the list of finalists for County Board consideration.
Detroit Lakes is planning to build a bike path from the Pavilion along West Lake Drive to the Pelican River, and on Tuesday city council members heard feedback from residents and business owners affected by the project. City officials, planning boards and city council committees have already looked at the options and pretty much know where the paved multi-use trail should run. But, as City Administrator Bob Louiseau said at an earlier meeting, "It's good to get feedback if there's something we've missed." From the Pelican River (just past the bowling alley) to County Road 6, the most lik
Essentia St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes got hammered pretty hard in a recent Consumer Reports magazine special report on safety in Minnesota hospitals. But the hospital says a simple clerical error was at least partly to blame for its poor ratings, since it made the hospital's infection rate appear wildly higher than it actually is. St.
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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