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Public Utilities officials were pleased with a recent test of Detroit Lakes' newly-repaired jet turbine. The turbine, which has provided backup power for the City of Detroit Lakes for nearly 40 years, ran very well and sounded better than it has in a long time, said Utilities Superintendent Curt Punt. "The engine operated flawlessly during this run," Punt said in a memo to the Utilities Commission, which met Tuesday. Repairs were done in Windsor Locks, Conn., and cost about $190,000.
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More and more often, people are tearing down cabins and cottages and building big houses and garages on small lake lots. In the not-so-recent past, the result was often runoff that flooded neighboring property or drained directly into lakes, lowering water quality. Becker County's solution -- adopted last fall -- is to require property owners to take steps to contain runoff, but to let the developer decide what mitigation efforts best fit the property. The county's unique approach to redevelopment of substandard lakeshore lots has won the respect of the state Department of Natural Resour
Thinking of running for county office? The Becker County Board set minimum salaries Tuesday for elected department heads. The salaries are far below what those department heads are actually paid, but if a new person is elected, they can negotiate for a higher salary with the county board -- based on their qualifications for the job, said County Administrator Brian Berg. The minimum salary for the new auditor-treasurer position was set at $45,000. Auditor Keith Brekken earns $63,795. Treasurer Ryan Tangen earns $61,697. The minimum salary for county attorney was set at $48,000.
The Becker County Humane Society finally has a piece of land to call its own. So to speak, anyway. The county board agreed Tuesday to a 99-year lease agreement to allow the society to build an animal shelter on Highway 59 North, with room to board 25 cats and 25 dogs. The lease takes effect May 1. The board took the action despite objections from at least one neighbor, Curt Sittko, who voiced his concerns at the county board meeting Tuesday. But Humane Society members filled the other dozen or so seats in the commissioners' meeting room at the courthouse, and they broke into applause
A Detroit Lakes man made his first appearance in Becker County District Court Friday on four charges stemming from a highway incident near Detroit Lakes Thursday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder set bond at $25,000 against Jason MacPherson, 35, of 11080 West Lake Eunice Drive, which was the amount requested by the Becker County Attorney's Office. MacPherson is charged with one count of felony fleeing a police officer, two gross misdemeanor courts of driving while impaired, and one misdemeanor count of fleeing a police office by means other than a vehicle. An omnibus hearing was scheduled
Here's something to sink your teeth into: The Becker County Humane Society has decided on a different location for its 50-bed animal shelter. If the county board throws it a bone and supports its proposal, the Humane Society will build its 4,000-square-foot shelter on a 7 acre, pie-shaped chunk of leased land on Highway 59 North, just south of Cozy Cove Road. The building will be able to house 25 dogs and 25 cats. Under terms of the proposed 99-year lease agreement, the Humane Society would pay the county 8 percent of the assessed value of the land, or $1,200 the first year, with a 2 per
Abruptly changing course, a Detroit Lakes-Becker County committee on Monday dropped plans for a $2.5 million parking garage and instead endorsed a $1.5 million parking ramp in the same location. If approved by the city council and county board, the two-level ramp will be built at a city-owned parking lot behind the Courthouse Annex next to the Washington Square Mall. The ramp will have 125 to 135 parking spaces and will follow the "footprint" of the existing parking lot as it slopes downhill.
White Earth District 1 Committeewoman Irene "Rene" Auginaush will have to run in the June 13 general election after all, after election officials discovered an uncounted ballot during a recount. An official recount conducted by the White Earth Election Board Tuesday gave one additional vote to second place finisher Don Herchell Goodwin, for a total of 76 votes. That was just enough to knock Auginaush out of her unusual "50 percent, plus one vote" winning position in the tribal primary April 4. Auginaush had received 50.2 percent, or 231 votes, to win straight up re-election.
White Earth Secretary-Treasurer Franklin "Bud" Heisler won nearly 43 percent of the primary vote Tuesday to earn a spot on the June 13 general election ballot. The second-highest vote-getter was Kenneth R. Fox Jr., with 12.5 percent of the vote, or 235 votes to 803 votes for Heisler. Coming in a close third was Robert Durant with 11.5 percent, or 216 votes. Fourth was Lucille "Teedo" Sullivan Silk with 10.2 percent, or 191 votes. Former tribal chairman John B.