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Becker County commissioners opted not to pursue a $10-per-registered vehicle wheelage tax this year, but left open the possibility of implementing a sales tax of up to one-half cent to pay for transportation projects. At a public hearing at the County Board meeting Tuesday, Commissioners Larry Knutson, Ben Grimsley and John Okeson spoke against the wheelage tax, with Knutson calling it regressive. “It would hurt the poor more than the sales tax,” he said. Commissioner Barry Nelson knew a lost cause when he saw it, but asked the board to look at the issue again next year, possibly in r
With birds and dragonflies darting in the sunlight, and the long green of Detroit Mountain sloping down behind them, organizers with the Detroit Mountain Recreational Area laid out their plans Thursday for a first-class snow sport and mountain biking facility. The media briefing attracting Fargo TV news crews as well as local media, and launched the public phase of a fundraising effort that so far has been very successful. The entire project will cost about $7 million, and organizers have gone a long way towards meeting that goal: Some $4.8 million has been raised from businesses and ind
A Detroit Lakes woman died and her husband was injured after their car was hit broadside by a semi tractor-trailer rig Thursday afternoon in Audubon. Arleen A. Hanson, 86, was a passenger in a 2005 Buick LeSabre driven by Duane M. Hanson, 86. He suffered non life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol. The car was traveling eastbound and turned in front of a 2004 Peterbilt semi that was westbound on Highway 10. The driver of the semi, Ryan L. Englehart, 34, of Jackson, Mo., suffered no apparent injuries. The crash occurred on dry blacktop in a construction zone.
A behind-the-scenes fundraising effort to re-open Detroit Mountain as a four season recreational park has been very successful, and now a public campaign is being launched to carry the baton on the final crucial laps and finish the race. “I’m certainly more excited about this than anything we’ve done since the beach was done in the 1960s,” said Zorbaz owner and mountain supporter Tom Hanson. In the initial phase of the fundraising project, the DMRA, Inc., board of directors asked local and regional businesses and individuals for support. The silent campaign yielded pledges of $4.8 mil
Becker County is coming up as much as $800,000 a year short in its long term highway construction spending, and commissioners are looking at several tax and bonding options to solve the problem. The new tax option that seems to have the most support on the county board is a local option sales tax of up to half a cent. In Becker County, a half-cent sales tax would raise up to $1.9 million, according to the Association of Minnesota Counties, though other estimates put the amount at closer to $1.4 million. A second tax option is the “wheelage tax,” which comes from tacking an extra $10 o
There must be something in the water out there on County Road 6 west of Detroit Lakes that breeds successful entrepreneurs. First it was SJE Rhombus, which started tiny and grew into a much larger business. Now it’s RMB Environmental Laboratories Inc., which started out in a garage on the original SJE Rhombus site and has since grown to fill the entire 32,000-square-foot complex. RMB Environmental Laboratories Inc.
The new owners of the Trophy House are putting their own stamp on the business, keeping existing services while expanding the signage end of things. And why not? Eric and Jolene Tulius met while at the Detroit Lakes technical college in the signage and graphic design program in 1996-97. “The Trophy House is pretty much running the way it has for years,” said Jolene. “We’re introducing some things that Eric is able to offer.” The couple purchased the business from Merlin and Roxy Engum in October.
Becker County appears to be heading towards adopting the Armer radio system for law enforcement and emergency workers, an abrupt turn away from the VHF digital radio system it had planned to pursue. The Armer system would cost as much as $2.1 million total (including radios for all 28 public safety, public works and school districts in Becker County), but officials hope to offset a large portion of that through grant funding. The VHF radios currently in use across Becker County proved nearly useless during a huge wildfire near Menahga earlier this spring, said Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Da
The Farm Bill now being considered by the U.S. House isn’t all about farm programs and food stamps. It also funds rural development programs, and that money will be missed more than most people realize if it goes away, according to St.
A Lake Park man was taken to the Detroit Lakes hospital with serious injuries after being ejected in a rollover accident Sunday morning. Timothy Allen Schwindt, 27, of Lake Park suffered significant back injuries and was taken to the hospital by St. Mary’s Ambulance, according to the Becker County Sheriff’s Office. He was northbound on the 12000 block of Abbey Lake Drive around 1:45 a.m. when he lost control on a curve. The red 1992 Chevy Lumina began to skid and ended up going airborne for about 25 feet before landing on its roof.