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Most dog owners know their pets would happily follow them to work if they could -- and some fortunate canines get to do just that. Two Great Danes greet visitors to Dan Hagen's office at Lakeshirts. One carries a stuffed bear the size of a small child. They are as friendly and sociable as any two dogs could be.
Becker County Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen won the Treasurer of the Year award at the 2011 Minnesota Association of County Officers Conference in Bloomington last week. "Ryan is very thorough in regards to his responsibilities," said Nancy Grabanski, acting county administrator.
When in doubt, cut Local Government Aid. That seems to be the motto of Minnesota lawmakers, who are once again looking to deal with the state's budget woes with deep LGA cuts. Detroit Lakes will have to put off purchase of a much-needed plow truck for the street department and delay other equipment purchases to make up for the $260,000 it would lose under the proposal, according to City Administrator Bob Louiseau. "If we are cut, we'll have to go through our capital improvements budget and determine what we can do there," he said. The new truck is needed to replace an aging truck that
Good news for 300 local families on a waiting list for home heating assistance -- Minnesota will receive an additional $56.3 million in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds. When added to the $86.4 million in federal funds already received by the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program, it will bring the total for the heating season to $142.7 million. "It is definitely good news for the area and for the state," said Nancy Cummings, energy programs coordinator for Mahube Community Council. The 300 low-income families on the Mahube waiting list applied after the original Dec
After working long and hard to lay the groundwork for Becker County's new Recreational Plan, a steering committee is ready to hand the ball off to the county board. Thanks to the project, the county has created a very useful website with an interactive, multi-layer map showing designated trails and other recreational amenities --including public accesses, snowmobile trails, campsites and hiking trails -- 16 categories in all. For hunters, there is a separate map showing tax-forfeited lands by township.
The Detroit Lakes Community Center was a bustling place Saturday morning -- the fieldhouse was divided by a curtain and filled with grade school boys and girls playing "Hot Hands" basketball, their parents watching from the sidelines. The pool was full of swim and dive team members (and spectators) from five high schools, and the Zumba class looked to have about 40 people dancing to Latin music. The track, aerobic exercise machines and weight equipment were all busy. You might think January is the busiest time for the community center, and you'd be right. "January and February are supe
In spite of opposition from some neighbors and the City of Detroit Lakes, the Becker County Board went ahead Tuesday and approved a request for an off-sale liquor license near Lake Melissa. The business, called "10,000 Lakes Liquors," would be located in the former Malstrom Realty building near Highway 59 and County Road 17 in Lakeview Township. If measured as the crow flies, the business would just barely be within the 3-mile radius around the Detroit Lakes city limits -- at least according to the city. By state law, the city municipal liquor store is protected from private competition
The volunteers on the Detroit Mountain ski patrol helped a lot of people on the slopes over the years -- through good weather and bad -- and often had a blast doing it. For a long time, the young Karen Selberg (now Selberg-Lavelle) was the only female on the Detroit Mountain ski patrol.
Depending on how things play out, Becker County could get hit with significant snowfall in the final few days of the year. The National Weather Service office in Grand Forks says the weather pattern remains "very complex." Freezing drizzle fell in the area Thursday morning, coating roads and windshields. "An area of snow will develop Thursday afternoon into Thursday evening from Fargo and Wahpeton through Minnesota lakes country with 5 to 8 inches of new snow expected," the weather service said on its website.
Once again, Becker County commissioners failed to get a pay raise for next year, and once again they have no one to blame but themselves. The board on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution keeping their pay and per diem rates unchanged from this year. Commissioners are paid $22,137 a year, plus a $50 per diem for committee meetings.