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The Becker County Board approved Planning and Zoning recommendations, handled Human Services business and agreed to pay about $253,000 next year to house juveniles at the West Central Regional Juvenile Center in Moorhead. The fee is based on 3.5 beds at $72,250 per bed. The board agreed with recommendations by the Planning Commission on all five requests, including granting a conditional use permit to KBOT (Wild 104.1) of Detroit Lakes to build a 499-foot tower in Lakeview Township. The tower would replace one in Otter Tail County and would provide better reception to Becker County resi
Mini-trucks, those handy little utility vehicles, will soon be allowed on some county and township roads in Becker County. The vehicles are usually used for farm and beach maintenance work in this area, said Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon. The County Board adopted a mini-truck ordinance at a meeting earlier this month. Under the new county ordinance, a county permit from the sheriff's department is required before a mini-truck can be operated on designated roadways in Becker County. The permit carries a $20 annual fee and is specific to each mini-truck, which must be inspected and ca
Becker County may be getting close to making an offer for the Detroit Mountain property -- but only if it lands a big state grant to help pay for it. The economic impact of a ski-snowboarding operation on Detroit Mountain would be substantial -- anywhere from $661,000 a year for a smaller operation like Sea Gull Resort in Brainerd, to $6.8 million for one the size of Andes Tower Hills in Alexandria. A smaller operation like Sea Gull would generate 13-14 jobs.
The Becker County Planning and Zoning Commission shot down Jason Mowers' plans for a repair, salvage and auto lot on the 25000 block of Anderson Road -- and it ordered him to clean up the junk there within 45 days. "In a nutshell, it's a mess," said planning commission member John McGovern.
Two Battle Lake residents were injured in a two-vehicle collision with a deer Saturday morning at the junction of Highway 108 and Otter Tail County Road 41 North. Ronald V. Hanson, 68 and Elizabeth M. Hanson, 66, both of Battle Lake suffered non life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol. They were driving a 2008 GMC Acadia. Two Fargo residents in a 2006 Kia Amanti were also involved in the incident. Richard W. Stenerson, 57 and Wanda K.
After withering criticism over an RV park established by owners of Bambi Resort on Big Toad Lake, the Becker County Board on Tuesday decided to bring back a planning and zoning advisory committee. A number of Big Toad Lake property owners were at the meeting, and Clark Lee, head of the Big Toad lake Improvement Association, spoke to the county board and provided a detailed letter to commissioners about past and current issues with Bambi Resort. Lee said the developers have been "thumbing their nose" at commissioners by repeatedly stretching the limits of the county zoning ordinance. For
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