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Looking for a business loan from $5,000 to $20 million? That’s an unusual range, but the Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corp. MMCDC is an unusual organization. With headquarters in Detroit Lakes, the MMCDC is a non-profit organization that provides capital resources and innovative ideas to assist in successful business and community development throughout Minnesota and the Midwest. The MMCDC is one of the largest non-profit lenders in the state.
The Business and Entrepreneurial Center at M State offers services for start-up companies that need a little extra boost. It operates from offices at M State in Detroit Lakes and has satellite sites in Frazee, Perham, Park Rapids, New York Mills and Hawley. The Business and Entrepreneurial Center originally opened in October of 2009 with eight offices at M State. In addition to the office space grouped around the BES administration center, the site offers light industrial space in an area that had been used by the neon sign and tube program.
The Detroit Lakes-Becker County Airport is a publicly-owned, public-use airport located two miles west of the central business district of Detroit Lakes. The airport covers 288 acres and has two runways — a 4,500-foot by 75-foot asphalt surface open year-round and a 1,880-foot by 250-foot turf surface which is closed during winter months. It is managed by Detroit Lakes Aviation, a full-service FBO, which provides hangar space, maintenance, fuel and rental cars. It currently maintains light sport aircraft, piston twins, turbo props and jet aircraft.
Spring is here, but the maple trees don’t believe it — the sap isn’t running yet. What with the deep snow and the lingering winter temperatures, it’s been a tough year so far for maple syrup producers in the area. “Last year we were done at this time, we’d pulled all our equipment,” said Jerry Jacobson, who taps about 2,000 trees on 120 acres near Vergas. “This year we don’t even have a drip in the bucket,” he said on Tuesday.
It’s pothole season again — time for motorists to dance around those jarring annoyances, and hope there’s not one hidden under that puddle in the road. “We were out on Monday doing cold patches, and we were out doing hot patches Tuesday and Wednesday — they last longer,” said Jona Jacobson, maintenance supervisor for the Becker County Highway Department. The cold patches are used “in the dead of winter” and dumped in the pot hole and left there. The hot mix bonds better with the pavement, but requires warmer temperatures.
The increase in number and severity of child protection cases in Becker County is taking a toll on child protection workers. The county is starting to see higher turnover among child protection social workers. High turnover in that area is something other counties have long dealt with. Human Services Director Nancy Nelson said it is typical of most county social service agencies to see new, inexperienced social workers take the child protection cases — and as they become more experienced, move to another job.
With Democrats in control of the Minnesota Legislature and governor’s chair, talking budget and taxes was almost a pleasure for Rep. Paul Marquart and Sen. Kent Eken, both DFLers. After all, not too long ago they were in the minority in a Republican-controlled Legislature, trying to fend off constitutional initiatives on gay marriage and absentee voting — and watching established programs like the Homestead Tax Credit come to an inglorious end.
Fifty years ago the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Gideon vs. Wainwright decision guaranteed a state-paid lawyer for people facing prison time who can’t afford a private attorney. The Minnesota public defender system has come a long way since then, but things were not as bad pre-Gideon as you might think — and the current condition of Minnesota’s public defender system is not as rosy as many believe. Minnesota out front Minnesota has a long history of trying to ensure a fair trial for the indigent.
The City of Detroit Lakes Public Works Department will be removing snow tonight, Thursday, March 21, starting just after midnight on the following streets:
To the Anishinaabe, the drum has always been more than a simple musical instrument. It has a spirit of its own, and is to be kept warm, protected and treated with respect. The drum is the heartbeat of the spirit, the leader of the people, and its vibrations connect people to each other and to every living thing, backward and forward in time, and out into the universe.