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After a contentious hour of debate and feedback from the business community, the Detroit Lakes City Council today voted to move forward and advertise for bids for the Downtown Crossing development -- including an enhanced parking lot and alleyway. But in a nod to worries voiced by downtown business owners, the alley work won't start until mid August, although the rest of the work could start as early as mid June, and the council may look for ways to ease the parking assessment burden on businesses. The council vote to proceed was unanimous, which was a little surprising because a proposed
A Detroit Lakes man who assaulted an emergency room doctor at Essentia St. Mary's hospital March 5 has been found mentally ill by a district judge and committed to a state mental treatment facility for up to 18 months. Gregory John Rusness, 46, appeared at a civil commitment hearing March 11 before District Court Judge Peter Irvine. He was represented by Detroit Lakes attorney Stuart Kitzmann.
The Emmanuel Community in Detroit Lakes is getting ready to accept evacuees from Fargo-Moorhead if the metro area is once again hit by a major spring flood. And if that happens, a flood of local volunteers is going to be needed, along with temporary donations of beds, TVs, radios, chairs, linens, night stands, recliners and other items for the displaced residents and staff. Emmanuel's parent company, Ecumen, operates Evergreen senior housing in Fargo (with 45 housing units) and Moorhead (with 30 units). Those residents were evacuated to Detroit Lakes for 10 days during the major spring f
A Detroit Lakes snowmobile club is not happy with a county proposal to quit grooming snowmobile trails and turn the responsibility over to area snowmobile groups. The ULTRA (United Lakes and Trails Riders Association) group has gone so far as to send out letters to businesses, warning that the quality of the trails will diminish and winter tourists may go elsewhere if the county gets out of the snowmobile grooming business. "Becker County has managed the trail system for over 30 years," the letter reads.
A Detroit Lakes woman was injured and had to be extracted from her car by firefighters after an accident Tuesday afternoon. Bobbie Jo Rogers, 37, was taken to Essentia St. Mary's hospital around 4:30 p.m.
In Minnesota, spring means potholes and frost heaves -- and Detroit Lakes is no exception. While the winter storm that just came through may have city street crews more focused on plowing snow than filling potholes, it's still a constant battle this time of year, said Detroit Lakes Public Works Director Brad Green. "It's just a tough time of the year -- the freezing and thawing," he said. "We sweep (potholes) out and try to evaporate and patch," he said Monday.
Becker County saw pretty healthy growth over the past 10 years. Its population increased by about 2,500 over -- from 30,000 in 2000 to 32,504 in 2010, according to results from the latest U.S. Census. The population of Detroit Lakes grew by over 1,100 -- to 8,569 residents in 2010 from 7,408 in 2000. Frazee saw a slight drop in population over the past 10 years, from 1,384 to 1,350. Lake Park and Audubon saw slight growth -- Lake Park went from 779 residents to 783, and Audubon went from 496 residents to 519. White Earth village grew from 364 residents to 580.
A Detroit Lakes man was among those Minnesotans at the big labor rally Saturday in Madison, Wis. Ted Fiskevold, a member of the National Writer's Union and longtime activist in the Becker County DFL, made the trip with Mark Froemke of Crookston, president of the Western and Red River Valley Area Labor Council of the AFL/CIO. "We went there to be a part of the big rallies and the things that were going on," Fiskevold said.
An Otter Tail County deputy was injured Monday morning in a two-car collision in northwestern Otter Tail County. A vehicle being driven by Hannah Miller, 22, of Rothsay, allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign and yield the right of way to the squad car, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The squad car rolled over after being struck. The Otter Tail County deputy, whose name was not released in the State Patrol news release, was transported by ambulance to Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls. The deputy's injuries are believed to be minor.
An emergency room doctor at Essentia Health St. Mary's was attacked and beaten Saturday morning by a patient who was apparently suffering from mental illness. Dr. Mark Lindquist was attacked by the 46-year-old Detroit Lakes man at the hospital emergency department shortly before noon on Saturday, according to Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena. "Basically we had somebody who snapped and went after a doctor," Keena said. "He came in on his own seeking medical treatment," Keena said.