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Maybe it was because of the hard economic times. Maybe it was the lure of the orange Allis-Chalmers tractors featured this year.
BY MIKE NOWATZKI and NATHAN BOWE Forum Communications Co. Innovis Health's name change to Essentia Health came after almost a year of discussion and is a "natural evolution" of the two health systems' merger in January 2008, the Fargo hospital's top administrator said Thursday. During a news conference to roll out the new name, logo and tagline, "Here with you," Innovis Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Pitzer indicated the name change wasn't a reaction to main competitor MeritCare's switch to the Sanford Health brand six weeks ago. "MeritCare changed their name? Wow.
BY NATHAN BOWE firstname.lastname@example.org Frazee Police Chief Mike Lorsung has been placed on paid administrative leave while the city investigates accusations that he has been stalking and harassing an Eagle Lake woman for the past few months. Lorsung, 40, is married with two children, but is the subject of a restraining order requested by Mandi Leigh Green, who said that Lorsung is an ex-boyfriend who stalked, harassed and threatened her after she ended the relationship. Lorsung did not respond to a message left on his cell phone Friday morning.
The new Detroit Lakes ice skating rink is starting to take shape in Peoples Park. The star attractions will be a hockey pen once used by the Minnesota North Stars in the old Met Center; a new warming house with slab heat and indoor bathrooms; a skating rink that winds through the trees; and a parking lot that can handle nearly 100 cars. There will also be a second hockey pen moved from Lincoln Rink, and the whole area will be lit with either decorative lighting for the rink or game lighting for hockey. "It all ties together," said Public Works Director Brad Green.
If there's one lesson that came out of the Becker County Planning Commission Tuesday, it's this: For God's sake, people, don't try to build a retaining wall in the lakeshore impact zone. The planning commission rejected two requests for retaining walls, including one after-the-fact request whose rejection means the wall must be torn down. It did, however, grant one request for a retaining wall on Middle Cormorant Lake -- a rare occurrence, and due only to the fact that the situation perfectly fit the requirements of the county ordinance: extreme erosion on a bluff with an existing, failin
Two people were hurt Wednesday afternoon when a pickup truck rolled on Highway 34 east of Detroit Lakes. Thomas H. Proudfoot, 60, of Walker was the driver and suffered non life-threatening injuries. Pacifica C. Schweigert, no age or residence listed, also suffered non life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol. According to the State Patrol, a 2003 Ford pickup truck was eastbound on Highway 34 when it swerved across the westbound lane and entered the north ditch, rolling twice. Proudfoot and Schweigert were transported by St. Mary's Ambulance to St.
Two young adults were injured early Thursday morning after driving around barricades and hitting construction being done on railroad tracks on Highway 78 in Otter Tail County. Andrea N. Kerkeler, 18, of Phoenix and Hannah E. Naumann, 18, of Battle Lake both suffered minor injuries. According to the State Patrol, Kerkeler was driving a 2001 Toyota Highlander northbound and went around construction barricades, hitting railroad tracks under construction on Highway 78, at mile marker 38. The accident was reported at 12:15 a.m. on dry two-lane blacktop.
The pre-kindergarten through sixth grade elementary school in Audubon is getting ready for construction: Bids will be awarded Sept. 13 on the first phase of a $3 million project that involves new construction and renovation of the existing school. The bid opening for the "envelope" or outer portion of the project, including masonry walls, mechanical work and site development, will be at a special school board meeting Sept.
All the rainy weather of the past few weeks hasn't slowed down the North Washington Avenue project, which is on track to be completed the first week of October, according to County Highway Engineer Brad Wentz. The project includes tearing up and hauling away the chunks of concrete and old-style pavers used in years past, and replacing it with a new concrete street, curb and gutter. Washington Avenue is a county state-aid highway -- so the county actually handled the bidding process, with key input from the city.
John Okeson was the top vote-getter in the District 2 race for Becker County Board, but he isn't taking anything for granted and says he'll campaign hard through the general election on Nov. 2. He'll face second-place winner Cyndi Anderson on the ballot. Okeson won 32 percent of the total vote in the primary, with Anderson taking about 25 percent. Ben Farner came in third with 22 percent and incumbent Harry Salminen, who has suffered from health problems the past few years, took fourth out of five with 18 percent.