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Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says something stinks about the way Ferrellgas does business in Minnesota -- and it isn't the propane. Swanson on Monday filed a lawsuit against Ferrellgas, LP, a large national propane energy company, alleging that it deceived Minnesota consumers about the rates and fees charged for propane for heating. The news didn't surprise Dean Leitheiser, who lives a few miles northeast of Detroit Lakes. He dumped Ferrellgas about a year ago and switched to another propane provider, after repeatedly having to battle Ferrellgas over bills that were double wh
They may be late in coming, but the colors are starting to appear in trees and underbrush around the area. Some of the best color in the area is north of Detroit Lakes, in the Tamarac National Wild Life refuge, according to Cleone Stewart, tourism director with the Detroit Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. She was among about 100 people who took an 88-mile ride along the Lake Country Scenic Byway on Tuesday. Two coach buses took the group along the byway from Detroit Lakes to Park Rapids to Walker to Itasca State Park. "We had more colors here than the Park Rapids area," Stewart said.
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It might be easy to dismiss a bicycle trail as a lightweight economic development opportunity, but Guy Fischer, housing and economic development coordinator for Becker County, says to think again. An extension to the Heartland Trail from Park Rapids to Moorhead could bring $1 million a year in economic impact to communities like Detroit Lakes, Frazee, Audubon, and Lake Park -- through good old-fashioned pedal-power. A similar trail has been worth $1-$5 million annually to a rural town of 1,800 elsewhere in Minnesota, he said. The first stage of the new trail could well be from Frazee to
Two area men have been charged with a string of house, lake cabin and garage burglaries, including one home in which the occupants were sleeping. Jesse Michael Reed, 18, of 616 Pine Tree Drive, Perham, has been charged in Becker County District Court with five felonies -- first-degree burglary, other person present; second-degree burglary of a dwelling; theft of a motor vehicle; third-degree burglary; and financial transaction card fraud. Reed appeared Tuesday before District Judge Peter Irvine, who set bail at $75,000 and set his next court appearance for Monday. Reed is accused of ente
Surprised to see the Becker County Record again so soon? The Wednesday Record will be published on Sundays from now on -- though many subscribers will receive their copy on Saturdays. The Tribune, is published on Sundays, will now be delivered on Wednesdays, starting this week. The same staff here at Detroit Lakes Newspapers puts out both the Tribune and the Record, as well as the shopper, the weekly Lake Area Press. The Tribune used to be delivered only to those who subscribed. The Record was delivered for free.
The Lake Park-Audubon School District on Monday set a preliminary levy of $774,118 for next year. That's about $38,000 more than this year's levy of $736,300, the maximum increase allowed by state law. the district is allowed to reduce the amount set Monday, but it cannot raise the levy amount. There continue to be revisions of calculated levy amounts at the state level, so the actual levy amount will be set in December.
It's early in the school year, but illness is already taking a toll in Detroit Lakes schools. "We had a run yesterday on kids leaving," Detroit Lakes Superintendent Doug Froke said Tuesday. The day started with 8-10 kids staying home sick, but another 14 went home sick within the first several hours of school, and another eight students went home sick within a few hours after that. "This is really unusual for a Monday," Froke said.
Zebra mussels have been found in Pelican Lake, bringing new regulations to bear on those who use the lake, and raising concerns of mussel infestation through the Pelican, Ottertail and Red river chains all the way to Lake Winnipeg. It marks the first time the mussels have been confirmed in the area and in the Red River Basin.
In what could be the death knell for Big Stone II, Otter Tail Power Company -- the lead developer in the consortium -- has pulled out of the project. Big Stone II, a 500-to-600-megawatt coal-fired power plant proposed for near Milbank, S.D., would provide power to much of west-central Minnesota, including Detroit Lakes. The loss of Otter Tail Power hurts, but the remaining partners are holding talks with two utilities, hoping they will take Otter Tail's place in the project, said project manager Dan Sharp.