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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.
A remodeled Boys and Girls Club in Callaway is now open, and will serve more than 100 youngsters in a 15-mile radius. The club opened in the former Manitok wild rice building, which years ago used to be a lumberyard, said Tim Reiplinger, chief professional officer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the White Earth Reservation. "We remodeled the first and second floor of the building and turned it into our Boys and Girls Club," he said.
After an investigation into allegations against members of the Lake Eunice Township Board, it was determined that -- while they may have broken some laws -- it was not done intentionally and no criminal charges should be filed. The Becker County Sheriff's Department investigated and the Clay County Attorney's Office made the decision not to press charges.
Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Jeff Swanson is urging people to take carbon monoxide poisoning seriously. There have been 18 carbon monoxide-related calls in Detroit Lakes the past year, and several serious cases in the past 18 months -- including one woman who had to be airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital, Swanson said. "Thirty years ago we didn't have these problems," Swanson said.
It will likely be a few months before they make their appearance, but rural residents of Becker County can expect to see their recycling sheds replaced with specialized dumpsters. And they won't be just any dumpsters -- these are the kind of dumpsters you wouldn't want to meet alone in a dark alley -- more than 8½ feet high, 8½ feet long and 6½ feet wide, each capable of holding 10 cubic yards of recyclables. There will be up to five of these behemoths at each recycling site, providing up to 50 cubic yards total capacity. By comparison, the rural recycling sheds now in use each hold abou
Voting has been steady in Becker County for the general election today, and there have been few if any problems with election equipment or polling places. "It's almost eerily quiet," said Becker County Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen at about 1:15 p.m. "Things are going pretty well," he said. The county received new voting equipment in 2006, and Tangen is used to going out to polling places to troubleshoot when problems arise. But today, they never arose. On a normal election day, he gets up at 6 a.m.
Four candidates are running for three seats on the Detroit Lakes School Board. Three of them -- incumbent Terrie Boyd and challengers Brenda Muckenhirn and Tom Thompson -- appeared at a candidate forum Thursday at M State in Detroit Lakes. A second incumbent, David Langworthy, was out of town and unable to attend, according to League of Women Voters moderator Helen Foltz. Boyd said she has served nearly five years on the school board and is still "absolutely thrilled to be on the board." A home daycare provider, she has lived in Detroit Lakes for 17 years.
Six candidates appeared at a forum for the Detroit Lakes City Council on Thursday at M State, though not all were in contested races. Incumbent Dave Aune and challenger Doug Friendshuh are vying for a seat representing Ward 2. Al Brevik and Madalyn Sukke are competing for two at-large seats. Deceased alderman Walt Tollefson's name will also appear on the ballot. Dan Wenner and G.L.
With 280 full- and part-time employees to oversee, and a $20 million annual budget, it's no small potatoes to be Becker County's top administrator. Acting County Administrator Nancy Grabanski, 44, uses a little humor and a lot of teamwork to keep the county humming along on all eight cylinders. Since former Becker County Administrator Brian Berg resigned in July to take the top Clay County position, Grabanski has been serving both as interim county administrator and as county human resources director -- a position she has held since 1999. She and her husband, Alex Bishop, live near Osag