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About 2,400 customers in a dozen towns in Otter Tail and Grant Counties lost power in the storm that blew through Wednesday morning. Customers lost power around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Voters in the Frazee-Vergas School District, take note: The first of two candidate forums for school board candidates is set for 7 p.m. today at the Frazee Events Center. The forum will be hosted by the Lakes Region League of Women Voters. Participating will be candidates Carey Alger, Matt Bauer, Ken Fett, Mary Lepisto, Kevin Litzau, Jim Nelson, Don Thorp, Chris Wacker and Rich Ziegler. Candidate Brenda Como has not confirmed. There are four open seats on the Frazee-Vergas School Board. The Aug.
In a big break for the defense, a Minnesota appeals court has ruled that subpoenas were not legally served in the Virginia Briard case. Briard, 64, of 38501 County Road 56, Frazee is charged in Becker County District Court with six felony counts of contempt of court. She is accused of failing to appear to testify at the criminal sexual conduct trial of her husband, Robert Briard, in December of 2008. Prosecutors sought her testimony because her husband had allegedly made "certain admissions" to her regarding the accusations against him, according to court records.
Becker County Administrator Brian Berg is saying goodbye. Berg, 59, has taken a job next door: He is the new administrator of Clay County, which has a workforce of about 450, compared to 300 employees for Becker County. Clay County's budget is about $60 million, with a $27 million levy, both about a third bigger than Becker County's. Berg gave his 30-day notice in late June and his last day in Becker County will be July 23. He was selected from a field of five finalists, and Clay County commissioners praised the quality of those finalists but said Berg rose above the rest throughout th
A three-judge panel has ruled that a candidate for the Burlington Township Board did not make false campaign statements, despite claims from opponents. Gary Larsen, a former Burlington Township board member, unsuccessfully attempted to regain his seat in March. His campaign was supported by Brian Smith, who won a seat on the township board in March of 2009. Both were accused by Wallace Fatland of Frazee of recklessly campaigning in the Larsen race on information they knew was false. The matter came before three administrative law judges for a hearing on May 27. The burden of proof wa
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.