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Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena is warning residents to lock their car doors and remove valuables at night. "We've had a lot of pilfering from unlocked vehicles over the last three weekends," he said Monday. "People are missing loose change and CDs and anything else you can easily pick up, like cameras and iPods. They should take care to lock their vehicles at night and remove valuables." Thieves struck vehicles parked outside homes in the Long Bridge area over the weekend.
If Minnesota adopts a voter ID law, residents should prepare for unexpected hassles at the polls, and large segments of the population will have to scramble to avoid being disenfranchised. It will also cost an estimated $25 million to $48 million to implement. That's $5 million to $8 million in state costs and $20 million to $40 million in local costs. All to solve a problem with fraudulent voting that does not even appear to exist in Minnesota. That comes from Kathy Bonnifield, associate director of Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota, who spoke at a League of Women Voters forum
Becker County's 265 miles of Winter Wonderland snowmobile trails will be divided up among three main snowmobile clubs, which will be expected to groom and maintain them starting next winter. The Detroit Lakes-based ULTRA club will inherit about 102 miles, the Lake Park-based Midnite Riders club will handle about 73 miles, and a new central Becker County club, the Northwoods Trail Reapers, will be responsible for about 90 miles. Becker County has been maintaining most of those trails itself, though with support from the clubs.
Muskrats, raccoon, martens, beaver, skunk -- even bobcat and coyote -- all these animals, and many more are actively trapped for their fur in Minnesota, and Becker County is no exception. Trapping remains popular enough that the Cormorant Lakes Sportsman's Club has bowed to demand and is offering a trapper education course on July 15. "It's just like the hunter education program," says Rick Julian, a director at the Sportsman's Club. "It's required for anybody born after Dec.
A Brainerd asphalt company ran into a boiling cauldron of opposition Tuesday over plans to open an existing gravel pit across Highway 34 from the Twin Haven mobile home park. Anderson Brothers Construction, which specializes in asphalt and bituminous paving, came before the Becker County Planning Commission to request a conditional use permit to mine sand and gravel, crush gravel, and operate a temporary hot mix asphalt plant on the Harold and Marlene Hickel property in Erie Township, about 7 miles east of Detroit Lakes. The company asked to be allowed to mine gravel during daylight hours,
The family of a man who assaulted an emergency room doctor in Detroit Lakes says they're sorry that he was hurt, but they wish the hospital had handled things differently prior to the assault. And they wish that the newspaper would have handled things differently afterwards. Val Rusness said her brother, Greg Rusness, has been struggling with a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia since he was 17 years old.
It was a vote that Detroit Lakes Alderman Bruce Imholte said was his most difficult since the one approving the Highway 10 realignment project.
After a contentious hour of debate and feedback from the business community, the Detroit Lakes City Council today voted to move forward and advertise for bids for the Downtown Crossing development -- including an enhanced parking lot and alleyway. But in a nod to worries voiced by downtown business owners, the alley work won't start until mid August, although the rest of the work could start as early as mid June, and the council may look for ways to ease the parking assessment burden on businesses. The council vote to proceed was unanimous, which was a little surprising because a proposed
A Detroit Lakes man who assaulted an emergency room doctor at Essentia St. Mary's hospital March 5 has been found mentally ill by a district judge and committed to a state mental treatment facility for up to 18 months. Gregory John Rusness, 46, appeared at a civil commitment hearing March 11 before District Court Judge Peter Irvine. He was represented by Detroit Lakes attorney Stuart Kitzmann.
The Emmanuel Community in Detroit Lakes is getting ready to accept evacuees from Fargo-Moorhead if the metro area is once again hit by a major spring flood. And if that happens, a flood of local volunteers is going to be needed, along with temporary donations of beds, TVs, radios, chairs, linens, night stands, recliners and other items for the displaced residents and staff. Emmanuel's parent company, Ecumen, operates Evergreen senior housing in Fargo (with 45 housing units) and Moorhead (with 30 units). Those residents were evacuated to Detroit Lakes for 10 days during the major spring f