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The "no" vote prevailed in Lake Park-Audubon's $24.7 million school construction and renovation bond referendum Tuesday. The unofficial final tally is 1,330 "no" votes to 1,126 "yes" votes. The money would have been used to build a new high school in Lake Park and renovation/new construction on the elementary school in Audubon. In the City of Audubon, the vote was 111 no to 68 yes. In Audubon Township the vote was 189 no to 89 yes. In Cormorant Township, the vote was 305 no to 231 yes. In Lake Park Township the vote was 147 yes to 93 no. In the City of Lake Park, the vote was 253
In the Becker County sheriff's race, incumbent Tim Gordon won a convincing victory over challenger Jay Nelson. The final vote tally was 9,897 votes for Gordon and 3,160 votes for Nelson, or about 76 percent to 24 percent. Nelson is a police officer and self-employed carpenter in Lake Park, where he has served on the city council. Gordon was first elected four years ago, and during his tenure won praise from commissioners for a number of initiatives that reorganized the department and saved the county money. Nelson did well in his home turf, winning the City of Lake Park 238 votes to 99
Becker County Commissioner Bob Bristlin was defeated by challenger John Bellefeuille in the general election Tuesday, 1,412 votes to 868, or 62 percent to 38 percent. Bellefeuille is a former Detroit Lakes police officer and current Detroit Township supervisor who lives on Long Lake. Bristlin, a construction contractor, has been on the board since 2002. In the city of Audubon, the vote was 104 for Bellefeuille and 63 for Bristlin. In Audubon Township, the vote was 159 for Bellefeuille and 108 for Bristlin. In Detroit Township, the vote was 635 for Bellefeuille and 404 for Bristlin.
Detroit Lakes Superintendent Mark Adams was indicted by a Becker County grand jury Wednesday on felony counts of first degree assault and third degree assault against Mark Rothschadl. The incident occurred Sept. 9 on Rothschadl's farm in rural Ogema. Rothschadl was not indicted by the grand jury. The first degree assault charge involves an assault that inflicts "great bodily harm," according to state statute.
Sheriff has been busy past 4 years Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon, 51, can point to a number of accomplishments in his four years in office. The key, he says, is the minimum security "workhouse" located near 5407 Furniture. Not only did the county avoid spending million of dollars on a new jail, The new workhouse allowed authorities to end a problem long plaguing Becker County -- a waiting list of more than 100 people who had been sentenced to jail, but couldn't serve their time because the maximum security jail was full. Adding to the county's woes, the jail was not operating at ful
Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen has an election alert for voters who live in one of the 11 rural Becker County precincts that now use mail-in balloting: you should have received a ballot in the mail by now, and if you haven't, you need to take action quickly. Election Tuesday is only nine days away, and the ballot has to be received by the Auditor-Treas-urer's Office by Nov, 7 in order to be counted -- postmarks don't count, it has to be mailed early enough to get there by Election Day. The precincts that no longer have local polling places, but instead rely on mail-in balloting are the city
A grand jury will convene at the Becker County Courthouse Tuesday to determine if charges should be filed in the Sept. 9 assault incident involving Detroit Lakes Superintendent Mark Adams and Ogema-area farmer Mark Rothschadl. Jurors have already been selected, since each year a pool of Becker County residents are selected at random to serve on a grand jury, should one need to be called into service, said Becker County Attorney Joe Evans. The county attorney's office usually makes the decision to charge or not to charge based on evidence presented by law enforcement.
Largely satisfied with the results of an investigation by Becker County Administrator Brian Berg, the county board voted 4-1 Tuesday to grant a liquor license to the Cormorant Inn & Suites. The board had tabled the request two weeks ago, amid concerns about past zoning disputes and legal action involving the Cormorant Inn. As Board Chairwoman Karen Mulari put it at the last meeting, owner Kevin Karel has a "track record" with the county that left most commissioners wanting further scrutiny of the liquor application. On June 10, 2004, Cormorant Inn & Suites was cited with a misdemeanor li
Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon says in his four years in office he has been effective at offering positive solutions to big county problems. Since he took office, there has been a 24 percent drop in crimes against people, and the percentage of cases "cleared" through arrest or conviction has gone from under 40 percent to above 60 percent -- well above the state average of 48 percent. Gordon and challenger Jay Nelson, a Lake Park police officer, spoke last week at a candidate forum . Gordon said the higher clearance rate is due to more deputies on patrol, freed up from transporting inma
Becker County Treasurer and Auditor Ryan Tangen and challenger Larry Moe have something in common -- they both worked for the State Auditor's Office in Detroit Lakes. Tangen left four years ago to become county treasurer, and also took on the auditor duties in June after Keith Brekken retired. Moe stayed with the state auditor's office, where he has worked for 18 years, transferring to the Moorhead office when the Detroit Lakes office was closed during the state budget crunch three years ago.