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A candidate forum will be held this evening for Lake Park-Audubon School Board candidates. It is set for 7 p.m. today (Monday, Oct. 25) at the high school theater in Lake Park. League of Women Voters member Helen Foltz will moderate. This event will conclude no later than 8:30 p.m.
There's no love lost in the Senate District 10 race between laidback DFL incumbent Dan Skogen and fiery Republican challenger Gretchen Hoffman. Skogen, a sports director for a radio station in Wadena, lives with his wife about eight miles south of Wadena on a hobby farm. "I've focused a lot of my attention on agriculture issue and farm issues," he said.
The Minnesota Senate District 2 race features incumbent DFLer Rod Skoe vs. Republican challenger Dennis Moser. Skoe is a married farmer with two grown children who has served eight years in the state Senate, two state House terms before that, and served as a county commissioner and school board member prior to that. Moser is married with six grown children and is a Vietnam veteran who grew up on a dairy farm in Illinois.
There was some sparring at Thursday's candidate forum between Minnesota Senate District 9, veteran DFLer Keith Langseth and Republican Challenger Jeff Backer. Backer, the mayor of Browns Valley, accused the DFL of being the party of taxes and claiming "the sky is falling" when faced with cuts. Langseth shot back that Backer was happy to receive those state tax dollars when Browns Valley got a permanent hike of $100,000 in its local government aid, and benefited from millions of state dollars for flood relief and protection. Langseth has represented Detroit Lakes for the past eight years,
The Becker County Planning Commission approved a 160-foot wind turbine in Audubon Township; went along with a new bed-and-breakfast on Pickerel Lake in Erie Township: agreed to three new lake lots in Lake Eunice Township; and even gave its blessing to a new retaining wall in the shore impact zone on Cormorant Lake. The action occurred at its regular meeting Tuesday at the courthouse.
Four candidates squared off for two seats on the Becker County Board Monday evening at a candidate's forum in Detroit Lakes. In District 4 it is incumbent John Bellefeuille versus challenger Don Skarie. In District 2 it is John Okeson and Cyndi Anderson. Some areas of difference stood out: Skarie, for example, is less supportive of the Detroit Mountain ski park plan than the others. And Anderson is far more supportive of the White Earth Tribe's move towards retrocession than the other three candidates. (White Earth wants the state of Minnesota to give up jurisdiction over tribal m
Bail was set at $25,000 in Becker County District Court today for a man accused of hijacking a state hospital van on Wednesday and leading police on a high-speed chase through a half-dozen counties. According to law enforcement officials, David Buethner, 37, a mental health patient held at a Fergus Falls facility, hijacked a state van while being transported to a different facility in Anoka County and headed eastbound on I-94. Buethner was involved in a standoff at the Pine to Palm Motel in Detroit Lakes on Sept.
More than 30 applications have been received for the Becker County administrator position, which has been vacant since late July when Brian Berg left to become Clay County administrator. County Human Resources Director Nancy Grabanski has been doubling as acting county administrator since then. The applicants will now be sent questionnaires asking about their professional and educational experience, as well as asking several open-ended questions regarding the position. Based on the answers, a three-person committee will choose 10 or 12 of the most promising applicants to interview. The
A Detroit Lakes man and a White Earth baby were among those injured in a three-vehicle accident Tuesday morning on Highway 59 South. The accident occurred about 9 a.m. when a southbound 1994 Ford Escort stopped abruptly to make a left turn onto County Road 22, according to the State Patrol. The car was rear-ended by a 1993 Buick Park Avenue, which was then struck from behind by a 1994 Chevy pickup truck and pushed into the first car. Three people in the Park Avenue were transported by St. Mary's Ambulance to St. Mary's Essentia hospital in Detroit Lakes. They are Lacey N.
Due to the Phinney Ave street improvements in Detroit Lakes, Forest Street - from Rossman Avenue to Summit Avenue - will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, according to the Detroit Lakes Street Department.