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Think speeding is a harmless crime? You might be surprised at the cost in lives and economic potential. In Becker County, the economic impact was pegged at about $28 million for deaths and accidents related to crashes from 2009 to 2011. Four of 15 crash deaths were speed-related, and 8 of 42 severe injuries were due to speeding during that time frame, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Speeders will be targeted in a five-day enforcement blitz starting Monday in Detroit Lakes and Becker County. From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
In order to get a black lab interested in finding zebra mussels, start with venison. “It’s easy to teach ‘the game’ of sniffing it out, because dogs love venison,” said Larry Hanson, one of three Minnesota DNR officers with dogs trained to sniff out zebra mussels. He’ll be outside the Pavilion in Detroit Lakes Saturday at 11:15 a.m. to give a brief demonstration at the invitation of the Lake Detroiters Association, which holds its annual meeting that day. Hanson said his dog, Digger, spent four or five weeks training with venison.
A man was arrested and several squad cars were damaged in a high speed chase that stretched from Detroit Lakes to Mahnomen County. The incident started at 11:24 a.m.
“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” —Matthew 17:20, New Living Translation Bible. Talk about moving a mountain. Organizers with the Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, Inc.
In the words of Becker County Deputy Sid Canham, you never see anything good at the scene of a motorcycle-deer accident. He was the first law enforcement officer on the scene after Todd Pearson, a state trooper who was motorcycling on Becker County Road 37 in his off time with his wife, Nancy, hit a deer. For Todd, it meant five broken ribs, a punctured lung and a bruised liver. Nancy suffered a nasty road rash. But the Aug. 24, 2011 accident could have been a lot worse.
A Detroit Lakes company is helping out victims of a massive tornado that struck near Oklahoma City recently. Pet Care Systems, makers of Swheat Scoop cat litter, on Friday donated 4,000 pounds of its lightly scented wheat-based cat litter to tornado victims in Oklahoma. The company donated 80 25-pound bags, or two pallets worth of kitty litter, to Oklahoma Pet Relief. “We’re donating basically two tons of litter, enough for 375 cats,” said Tom Moses of Pet Care Systems. “I saw it on the news the other night and thought we could help a bit,” Moses said. The Fargo TV station KVLY
A Frazee man died Thursday night after being struck by a train. Sim Vincent Pettibone, 22, of 406 E.
Lake associations, townships, cities, sportsmen groups and other organizations will now be able to hire aquatic invasive species educators to work public accesses in Becker County, under an emergency resolution approved by the county board Tuesday. The process had been held up after the county balked at signing a new “delegation agreement” with the DNR regarding inspection activity at accesses, citing liability concerns. Under the emergency resolution approved Tuesday, the county will handle hiring, payroll processing and worker’s compensation insurance for paid AIS educators. Funding
Welcome to spring: higher gasoline prices have been clobbering Minnesota since two large Chicago-area refineries shut down for extended maintenance. The price of a gallon of regular gas averaged $3.42 on April 21. On Friday morning it was $4.15 at most Detroit Lakes gas stations. “Yeah, we’ve been hearing from the customers — I’ve been hiding in the office,” joked Lynn Westphal, assistant manager at Cenex in Detroit Lakes.
Becker County has hired a new highway engineer. Jim Olson has 17 years of experience in civil engineering working at various government agencies. He has been engineering project manager for the city of St. Louis Park for the past nine years. He managed the development, design and construction of the city’s public works improvement projects.