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With the nation teetering on the brink of a major financial collapse, the federal government early this year flooded the nation with stimulus dollars to help the economy recover, and to save or create jobs. The following information on local grant recipients is from the Recovery.gov Web site, which went live shortly after President Obama signed the Recovery Act into law on Feb.
The body of a 60-year-old Minneapolis man was recovered near Rat Lake Tuesday afternoon by members of the Becker County Sheriff's Department Dive Team. Charles Vernon Wright would have been 61 on Sunday. He apparently drowned after his boat overturned while he was duck hunting. An autopsy will be performed to confirm the cause of death. Rat Lake is in Eagle View Township in north central Becker County. Authorities mounted a search shortly after 10 a.m.
An elderly woman got a scare Wednesday morning when the opposing side windows of her GMC Yukon shattered while she was driving on County Road 21 between White Earth village and Richwood. Virginia Christensen, 81, was shaken up but not injured in the incident, said her stepdaughter, Barb Christensen. A deer ran into the side of the Yukon, but the family thinks the window was actually shattered by a bullet fired by a hunter pursuing the deer. "We have a theory about what happened," Barb said from her home in Muskatine, Iowa. "I was bringing my stepmom back to Iowa, from a summer cabin on
Meritcare Clinic in Detroit Lakes on Thursday announced plans for a $15 million expansion and renovation project. The project, which includes two new ambulatory surgical suites, will allow the clinic to add a number of surgical subspecialties, and to beef up its family and internal medicine departments, said Dr. Jon Larson, managing physician partner. The 33,000-square-foot addition is expected to be finished in the summer of 2011.
Good news for school supporters in Lake Park-Audubon as voters approved an increased operating levy. The vote in LP-A was 778 "yes" votes to 663 "no" votes. The $750-per-student levy will run for seven years and will replace the existing $500-per-student levy. "The passage of this levy allows us to continue in the direction we're going and hopefully avert cuts in the next few years," LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie said. It will be used for general education purposes. The current operating levy brings in about $343,000 per year. That will increase to about $515,000 per year now that th
Tuesday is Election Day, and it's a big day for a number of school districts around the area that are holding referendums or elections. Detroit Lakes Residents of the Detroit Lakes School District will vote on a change in the operating levy from $319 per pupil unit to $457 per pupil unit. The levy would generate an additional $406,000 in new operating revenue for the school district over the next 10 years.
Due to "inappropriate conduct" by a defense attorney, a mistrial has been declared in the trial of a Menahga man accused of receiving 18 Bobcat-type skid steer loaders, stolen from around the state, and selling most of them to a Sebeka implement dealer. Bobby John Anttila, 52, of 56346 145th St., Menahga, has been charged in Becker County District Court with 18 felony counts of receiving stolen property. According to court records: In April of 2006, the Becker County Sheriff's Department received information that Anttila was involved in the sale of a stolen skid steer loader. Around th
A special public health strike force went into schools in Detroit Lakes, Frazee and Audubon today to administer H1N1 flu vaccine to kindergarteners and first-graders. Parental permission slips were sent home with students on Friday, and it's not clear how many were returned by today. Becker County Community Health Supervisor Ronda Stock said she would be happy if even 50 percent of the youngsters were vaccinated. "We received a limited shipment of partially live vaccine on Friday, so we have targeted kindergarten and first grade," she said. The shipment arrived unannounced, sending Sto
Whether it's inflatable cartoon ghosts, life-size zombies and ghouls, piles of pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns, or just loads of autumn flowers, straw bales and scarecrows, people who decorate their homes for Halloween are in it for the fun. The scariest house in town has to be at 1010 West Willow Street, where seven or eight life-size ghouls, vampires, witches, werewolves and monsters haunt the small front yard.
About a dozen people showed up Thursday evening at Audubon Elementary School for the first of two informational meetings about a proposed increase in the operating levy for the Lake Park-Audubon School District. The district is asking voters to approve a $750-per-student, seven-year operating levy next month. This is not the same as the building bond levy that's been on the ballot the past few years. This money is for regular school operations, not new or improved buildings. The district's current $500-per-student operating levy runs out after next year. If approved by voters Nov.