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Opening statements were held Tuesday in Becker County District Court in the trial of a man accused of killing four people and seriously injuring two others in a van crash July 4 near Pine Point. Chad Eric Stewart, 26, of 810 East Central St. No. 10, Detroit Lakes was allegedly the driver of the white 1995 Chevy Lumina van, which left the roadway and struck a field approach around 2:40 a.m.
It seems like everybody loves Zorbaz, but that doesn't mean the Detroit Lakes Planning Commission is willing to approve an expansion plan that would eliminate most of the few existing parking spaces there. Zorbaz, located on West Lake Drive, now has 20 parking spaces, rather than the 126 spaces that would be required by city zoning ordinance, had Zorbaz (which turned 40 last year) not been grandfathered in. With the proposed 2,800-square foot addition -- a picnic-type structure with open sides, proposed to replace the tent used last year -- the restaurant and bar would be required to have
1-31 troopers The recent snowstorm kept troopers in the Detroit Lakes district busy, but did not overwhelm them. From noon on Friday until 6 a.m. Tuesday troopers responded to 19 crashes.
Kathie Sagmo of Detroit Lakes has been a stalwart Minnesota Vikings fan since 1962, a year after the professional football team was founded. Her wood-frame house on Lincoln Avenue is full of Vikings memorabilia and collectibles -- some given as gifts, some purchased at rummage sales, and some hand-made by her nieces and nephews. "You'd be surprised where you might see something (around the house)" she says. There's a handmade Vikings lampshade created by her sister, Kandy, who also made her a Vikings "diaper" featuring former receiver Randy Moss on the back. "That was when Randy Moss w
Some tidbits from the Lake Park-Audubon School Board meeting Tuesday: Board Chairwoman Vicky Grondahl reported that personnel conflict has been roiling the serenity of the space shared by the Early Childhood Family Education and Community Education programs. "We have 11 people trying to share a space that's way too small," she said.
Teachers in Lake Park-Audubon have agreed to a two-year contract that provides for essentially no pay increase the first year and only a minimal increase the second year. The overall cost to the district will be less than 1 percent, said Superintendent Dale Hogie. The teachers in effect agreed to a so-called hard freeze for the first year of the contract -- 2009-2010 -- and a so-called soft freeze for the second year -- 2010-2011. "It's commendable that our teachers agreed to a freeze," Hogie said. "It made it more difficult when neighboring districts were allowing (raises) ...
A trio of plaintiffs, including convicted murderer Kenneth Andersen and his one-time lawyer, have settled with Becker County's insurance cooperative for $104,000. A large percentage of the proposed settlement, perhaps as much as three-quarters, is expected to go to pay the group's legal firm, Sprenger and Lang of Minneapolis. The settlement includes the dismissal of the lawsuit, with no admission of legal responsibility by the county, said Becker County Attorney Mike Fritz. The civil suit, filed in federal court in Duluth, alleged that the Becker County Jail violated state and federal wi
Kids enjoyed the new "winter recreation" program at the Detroit Lakes Community Center last week -- even those that just showed up and had no idea it was going on. They were able to just join in, with no signing up or red tape, because the program is modeled after the popular "summer rec" program. The idea is to provide structured events -- anything from dodgeball to crafts -- and let anybody participate. "I like kickball the most, and whiffleball," said 9-year-old Gage Rogstad.
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Having trouble coming up with money to heat your house this winter? You're in good company. There has been a steady increase the past few years in local families seeking help with paying home heating bills. The good news is there is money still available for those who qualify. Nancy Cummings, energy programs coordinator for Mahube Community Council, says 2,920 applications have been completed so far this fiscal year for LIHEAP -- an acronym for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, a federal program that provides help with heating bills. All but 172 were approved.