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City workers took advantage of a chilly day Tuesday to start flooding the relocated Lincoln Rink ice skating park. The rink, with two hockey pens, a scenic skating area and a new warming house, is now located at Peoples Park, near the Becker County Fairgrounds. "We're aiming for Dec. 20 -- to open that week," said Brad Green, public works director for Detroit Lakes. "We blew the snow off it yesterday to let the ground freeze hard," Green said Tuesday.
Detroit Lakes residents may as well get used to clearing snow off their front sidewalks. For years, the city's public works department sent a man around in a Bobcat to clear residential and business sidewalks. That policy has not changed, even though Bobcat appearances have been rare so far this winter. City workers will still clear sidewalks when they have time, but because of staff cutbacks, the more it snows, the less time they'll have for sidewalks. "The sidewalks we have done (in the past) are just a service we have been able to do -- home and business owners have always been resp
Ice fishing is getting into full swing in the area, with 5-6 inches of ice now formed on Little Detroit Lake -- but caution is still needed because of high water levels in rivers that connect lake chains, according to Sheriff Tim Gordon. "Due to high water in the Pelican and Otter Tail river chains, the ice will be thin quite a way out there compared to most years," Gordon said.
Two people were injured Thursday morning in a broadside crash at Highway 34 and County Road 29 (near the Four Corners restaurant) in Becker County. Jessica J. Stockstrom, 28, of Frazee and Karen A.
The recount between Republican Tom Emmer and DFLer Mark Dayton took just one day to complete in Becker County. "It went great, it really did," said Becker County Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen said of the recount on Monday, which started at 9:30 a.m.
You can't keep a good woman down. Vonnie Johnson, for example, likes to be about seven or eight feet up during deer hunting season -- in her tree stand. Never mind that she's 80 years old and just had chemotherapy the day before. Johnson went hunting deer this season on the 40 acres of land she lives on about five miles east of Detroit Lakes on Highway 34. She hunted mostly with granddaughter Chrissy and her husband, Jamie, although she also went out alone once. "I've been hunting for 57 years," she said.
Mark "Chip" Lohmeier, who has run Becker County's natural resources and parks department since 1993, has accepted a similar job with Hubbard County. He will resign effective Dec.
The Becker County Board on Tuesday agreed with three recommendations by the County Planning Commission: Darwin Lindsey, of 20244 County Road 29, Rochert, was granted a conditional use permit to operate a beauty shop on the property. The shop will be located in an existing building separate from the home. The property owner will be the only employee with hours of operation being Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m.
The final appointments have been made to Becker County's re-established zoning and subdivision ordinance advisory committee. Commissioner Larry Knutson appointed Ray Vlasak, Commissioner Harry Salminen appointed Dick Pettit, Commissioner Gerry Schram appointed Jerry Schutz, Commissioner John Bellefeuille appointed Don Lefebvre and Commissioner Barry Nelson appointed Jerome Flottemesch.
A fatal head-on collision was reported on Highway 59 in Mahnomen County about 7:30 p.m. Friday. Anna M. Levy, 33, of White Earth died in the crash. The second driver, Larry A. Retmann, 59, of Belview, Minn., suffered no apparent injuries. He was northbound in a 2004 vehicle that collided with a southbound 1991 Cadillac DeVille that crossed the centerline at mile marker 291 on Highway 59. The crash occurred on dry two-lane blacktop. The Mahnomen County Sheriff's Department assisted at the scene.