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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.
A Bemidji man was killed in a rollover accident Monday evening near Mahnomen. Gary J. Smith, 34, of Bemidji was a passenger in a 1993 Ford Escort that crashed on Highway 200 about seven miles east of Mahnomen. The condition of another passenger, Mavis L. Giard, 23, of Mahnomen, was not documented, according to the State Patrol. The driver was Conrad J. Smith, 30, of Crookston. His condition was also not documented. According to the State Patrol, the car ran off the road, traveled in the ditch for several hundred feet, hit an approach and rolled over, coming to rest upside down.
Four people were injured in a two-car crash Sunday evening on Highway 10 near Frazee. The accident occurred about 6:30 p.m. at the junction with Otter Tail County Road 10. A southbound 2003 Buick Regal driven by Luther C. White, 75, of Staples was hit broadside as he crossed the westbound lanes of Highway 10. White suffered non life-threatening injuries, as did a passenger, Jean M. Hahn, 70, of Staples, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The Buick was struck by a 2006 Toyota Camry driven by Michael G.
Under an ambitious $3.2 million draft plan unveiled Tuesday, three years from now Detroit Mountain will be home to not only a full-service ski area and new visitor's center, but a year-round regional park, complete with campsites, disc golf, and trail systems, including Nordic skiing, hiking, snowshoeing and mountain biking. Becker County would only have to kick in a total of $340,000 and would then own the land and all the amenities. A non-profit group called Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, Inc.
Late Thursday afternoon, a grand jury in Mahnomen County District Court returned a 13-count indictment against the man accused of shooting Mahnomen County Deputy Christopher Dewey. Thomas Lee Fairbanks, 33, of Mahnomen is now charged with murder in the first degree of a peace officer and 12 other felony counts. They include failure to render aid, and six counts of first-degree assault.
A railroad disaster drill held last week in the city of Mahnomen seemed eerily prescient when the real thing happened -- 13 cars in a southbound Canadian Pacific freight train derailed late Monday afternoon. Luckily, no one was hurt in the real derailment, and the clear liquid gushing out of an overturned tanker car -- like water out of a fire hydrant -- turned out to be harmless canola oil. In the drill last week, it was anhydrous ammonia. Still, the derailment was enough to put the fear of God into two witnesses -- Bill Beckman and his son, Scott, 19 (race car drivers, both of them,
Opal Rogstad's home -- on the second floor of the West Lake Drive condominiums -- offers lots of space and still maintains a cozy atmosphere. It comes with a great lake view of Little Detroit Lake from a balcony that is equipped with natural gas and water for grilling and cooking needs. The kitchen has custom cabinets with granite counter tops, and the centerpiece of the condo is an antique fireplace from the 1800s that came from the Buggy Wheel. "I saw it and fell in love with it and had it installed," Rogstad said . The condo has floors of Australian cypress and kitchen cabinets cus