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Because of ongoing vandalism problems, the Detroit Lakes parks department has not yet been able to officially open the skate park at Peoples Park. "We've repaired it so many times, but every time, we go back on Monday after the weekend and something else is broken," said Brad Green, city streets and parks director. Skaters can get creative in finding new challenges -- a street barricade left near the park, for example, is bound to end up inside the skate park --and the parks department is used to fixing minor things at the park.
A Frazee man was injured Friday morning when a deer went in front of his car, he put on the brakes, and was rear-ended by a semi truck. The accident occurred about 5:43 a.m. Friday on East Main in Frazee. Aaron Isaac Nolan, no age available, of Frazee was eastbound in a 1993 Ford Tempo when he stopped for the deer. His car was rear-ended by a 2003 Peterbilt semi tractor-trailer rig driven by Fred Julius Schelde, no age available, also of Frazee. Nolan was taken by St. Mary's EMS to Essentia St.
Fishing season for walleye, northerns and sauger starts at midnight on Friday, and John Store, owner of Quality Bait in Detroit Lakes, is going to be open for business. All night long. It will be his ninth year of staying open all night on the fishing opener.
A Staples man was injured in a three-vehicle accident Friday near Wadena. Nicholas S. Dille, 21, of Staples suffered minor injuries in the crash, according to the State Patrol. He was eastbound on Highway 10 in a 2004 Chevy Silverado pickup truck, and failed to notice a 1999 Dodge Caravan slowing down in front of him to turn north into a driveway. The pickup rear-ended the minivan, forcing it to collide with 2008 Ford Taurus that was westbound on Highway 10, according to the State Patrol. No one else was injured in the crash. The driver of the minivan was Robert C.
A Pelican Rapids woman was injured and had to be freed by the Jaws of Life in a one-car rollover Friday morning in Otter Tail County. Peggy S. Larson, 52, suffered non life-threatening injuries in the crash, according to the State Patrol. She was alone in the vehicle. The accident occurred about 3 miles east of Pelican Rapids and was reported at 7:30 a.m. when her 2006 GMC Envoy, eastbound on Highway 108, lost control on a curve. It entered the north ditch and rolled.
You can't help but be impressed by a colony of great blue herons. The big gangly birds themselves are impressive -- they can be 4 feet tall with a 6-foot wingspan -- as they flap ponderously around their stick nests made of twigs, moss and swamp grass. And the rookeries are impressive. One near Eksjo Lutheran Church west of Lake Park has hundreds of nests. It's on a heavily forested piece of land overlooking a partially flooded small lake. There can be a half-dozen or more nests to a tree, making the rookery look a bit like something out of a Dr.
Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena is warning residents to lock their car doors and remove valuables at night. "We've had a lot of pilfering from unlocked vehicles over the last three weekends," he said Monday. "People are missing loose change and CDs and anything else you can easily pick up, like cameras and iPods. They should take care to lock their vehicles at night and remove valuables." Thieves struck vehicles parked outside homes in the Long Bridge area over the weekend.
If Minnesota adopts a voter ID law, residents should prepare for unexpected hassles at the polls, and large segments of the population will have to scramble to avoid being disenfranchised. It will also cost an estimated $25 million to $48 million to implement. That's $5 million to $8 million in state costs and $20 million to $40 million in local costs. All to solve a problem with fraudulent voting that does not even appear to exist in Minnesota. That comes from Kathy Bonnifield, associate director of Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota, who spoke at a League of Women Voters forum
Becker County's 265 miles of Winter Wonderland snowmobile trails will be divided up among three main snowmobile clubs, which will be expected to groom and maintain them starting next winter. The Detroit Lakes-based ULTRA club will inherit about 102 miles, the Lake Park-based Midnite Riders club will handle about 73 miles, and a new central Becker County club, the Northwoods Trail Reapers, will be responsible for about 90 miles. Becker County has been maintaining most of those trails itself, though with support from the clubs.
Muskrats, raccoon, martens, beaver, skunk -- even bobcat and coyote -- all these animals, and many more are actively trapped for their fur in Minnesota, and Becker County is no exception. Trapping remains popular enough that the Cormorant Lakes Sportsman's Club has bowed to demand and is offering a trapper education course on July 15. "It's just like the hunter education program," says Rick Julian, a director at the Sportsman's Club. "It's required for anybody born after Dec.