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A Park Rapids man was injured in a broadside accident Monday evening near Downer. David C. Velazquez, 37, of Park Rapids suffered non life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol. He was westbound on Clay County Road 71 in a 1995 Subaru Legacy when he failed to stop for a stop sign at the junction of Highway 9, north of Downer. The Subaru was hit broadside by a 2007 Chevy K15, northbound on Highway 9, driven by Chad D. Sogge, 37, of Barnesville.
Absentee voting started Friday for the Aug.
Following a 3-2 County Board vote Tuesday, a developer will be allowed to operate a gravel pit off County Road 22 (West Lake Drive) just south of Detroit Lakes. The hilly 22-acre area overlooks Deadshot Bay, though on the other side of County Road 22. It's adjacent to the Chesterfield neighborhood. Residents there are opposed to the gravel mining operation, which ran earlier this year before it was shut down over issues with the permit. "The area is already highly developed," said Dan Labat, who lives in the neighborhood.
After a three-hour manhunt -- including about 90 minutes of public help -- Level 3 predatory offender Robert Baca was arrested in Pelican Rapids by Detroit Lakes police shortly before 7 p.m.
A 15-year-old girl was injured in a bicycle-van collision at Highway 59 and County Road 6 near Detroit Lakes Saturday evening. Tarah Block, whose city of residence was not released by the State Patrol, was transported by ambulance to St. Mary's Innovis Hospital. She suffered non life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol. She was one of two bicyclists who were westbound on County Road 6 about 9 p.m. One stopped for the red light, but the other continued into the intersection and ran into the side of a 2000 Plymouth van, southbound on Highway 59, driven by Chad N.
A Bemidji woman was injured in a broadside accident Friday afternoon near Battle Lake. The accident was reported at 1:39 p.m. at Highway 210 and Highway 78. Sherry L. Tucker, 61, of Bemidji was transported by Ringdahl Ambulance to Lake Region Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol. Battle Lake rescue assisted at the scene. She was westbound on Highway 210 in a 2005 Pontiac G6. Her vehicle was struck broadside by a 2006 Ford Five Hundred, southbound on Highway 78, driven by April L. Peterson, 40, of Richmond, Minn.
Two Detroit Lakes residents were injured in a broadside accident Friday afternoon at Highway 10 and Buffalo River State Park Road. Michael E, Pickus, 55, of Detroit Lakes and a passenger in his 1996 Buick Riviera, Gary D.
Work is nearly completed on the draft version of the Becker County Recreation Plan -- which will provide a template for making changes to the existing trails system. Once the recreation plan is complete -- and there will be two public meetings yet this year, prior to county board approval of the plan -- a process will be in place to make changes to the trails system, and handle other recreational issues that arise. Trails on county-managed land are open unless posted closed, said County Administrator Brian Berg. "The hot button issue, of course, is ATV trails," said Berg.
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After 15 years of largely fruitless investigations inspired by allegations made by Les Ristinen of rural Osage and the Becker County Taxpayers Association, the Minnesota Department of Revenue has thrown up its hands and says it will no longer deal with either of them. Ristinen is the longtime president of the Becker County Taxpayers Association. In a 44-page in-depth report going back to the department's first dealings with Ristinen in 1995, Gordon Folkman, director of the Revenue Department's Property Tax Division, sharply criticized Ristinen and the Taxpayers group. Ironically, he say