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Welcome to the jungle -- there are all kinds of illnesses going around right now: Stomach bugs, influenza, mononucleosis, upper respiratory illness, you name it. The flu and bug season came early this year, and the area is being hit with both right now, said Jackie McKenzie, an RN and infection preventionist with Essentia St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes. "What we have been seeing is both the respiratory and gastrological illnesses," she said. "We've seen an increase in both in both urgent care and emergency room visits.
Traffic deaths are up in Minnesota for the first time in five years. According to the Department of Public Safety, 378 people were killed on the state's roads in 2012 -- compared to 368 deaths the year before. Officials say drunken-driving, not buckling up, speeding and distracted driving are likely responsible for the increase.
In a dog-eat-dog world, the lost pets at the Humane Society of the Lakes in Detroit Lakes have something to celebrate --the roof over their head is now paid for. Board Vice President Patti Anderson and her husband, Wayne, have paid off the animal shelter's mortgage, freeing up badly needed funds for day-to-day operations. "The debt was retired on the building in full," said board President Cyndi Anderson.
Becker County Human Services is gearing up for more business if the nation goes over the Fiscal Cliff on Tuesday. Leaders in Washington were meeting Friday to try to fix the problem, but if they fail, the package of tax increases and spending cuts will affect nearly everyone, and could cause a new recession -- with layoffs and all the other problems that go along with that. Some impacts will be immediate: Unemployed people who receive extended federal unemployment benefits will see their checks end as of the first of the year. Health service providers will see a cut in Medicare reimburs
With its wooden ceiling beams and wood-lined walls, the inside of the Hostel Hornet in Frazee looks like a lodge... kind of has that cozy, hostel feeling.
With talk of a renewed ban on assault-type rifles following the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, gun sales have gone up the past few weeks. "There have definitely been a lot more people looking," said Kay Kiehl, manager of 59 Trade Roads, a pawnshop on Highway 59 near Detroit Lakes. "Everybody is talking about how assault rifles are going to be banned.
Under the nurturing hand of owner Peggy Heglie Kilbane, Lakegirl clothing has gone from T-shirts sold at her gift shop at Shady Hollow Flea Market to a $1 million a year business. Along the way she's broken a few rules -- she never wrote a business plan, she only hires her friends, and she loves to bring her dogs to work. But she's all business when it comes to designing, selling and protecting the Lakegirl clothing brand. Lakegirl designs and sells T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, shoes, jackets and "our next move probably will be into giftware," like coffee mugs, Heglie Kilbane said. La
A broken propane ice auger has left a hole in a local organization's plans to take veterans ice fishing this winter. Larry and Cathy Villella, who live about 13 miles of Detroit Lakes, are avid ice fishing enthusiasts who run the Fun 4 Disabled Veterans program -- which basically consists of bringing in veterans and their families to use a large fish house on Franklin Lake. They brought 40 or 50 veterans and their families out on the ice last year, the first year of the program. But this year, their Jiffy propane 10-inch auger "crapped out on us," Larry Villella said.
Becker County officials decided to tag-team the situation after learning that newly-hired emergency manager for Becker County Bryan Christensen had resigned two weeks after being hired. On the recommendation of County Administrator Jack Ingstad, former emergency manager Rusty Haskins will step back into the role, supported by Ingstad as deputy emergency manager. Ingstad served as county emergency manager for six years as a county administrator in Colorado, and EDA supervisor Guy Fischer will help write grants to support the position. Commissioners accepted Ingstad's interim plan Tuesday,
A longtime Becker County deputy has been promoted to investigator. Daniel Skoog has been a patrol deputy with the sheriff's office for more than 14 years. He spent a year as a Park Rapids police officer prior to that. He earned his law enforcement degree from Alexandria Technical College. He and his wife, Tina, have eight children, from newborn to age 11. They live in the Wolf Lake area. "It's something I've always wanted to do," Skoog said of becoming an investigator. "It's different than patrol work.