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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.
Barring some unforeseen change of plan, the State Patrol dispatch office in Detroit Lakes will be closed within the next few years and consolidated into a new regional office in Duluth. The State Patrol has decided that Duluth and Rochester will join Roseville as the patrol's three consolidated Public Safety Answering Points in the state -- replacing centers in Detroit Lakes, Virginia, Thief River Falls, Brainerd, Marshall, Mankato and St.
The Becker County Sheriff's Department is investigating a mobile home fire in Sugar Bush Township in which human remains were found. Shortly after 7 a.m.
Compromise was the name of the game Monday for the Lake Park-Audubon School Board, which was split on whether to ask voters for a new operating levy that would bring in $695 per student or one that would generate $795 per student. After about an hour of debate, the board took the recommendation of Superintendent Dale Hogie and split the difference: It will ask voters to approve a $750-per-student, seven-year operating levy in November. The district's current $500-per-student operating levy runs out after next year. If approved by voters Nov.
The Lake Park-Audubon School Board decided Monday to ask voters to approve a $750-per-student, seven-year operating levy in November. The district's current $500-per-student operating levy runs out after next year. If approved by voters Nov. 3, the higher levy would cancel the existing operating levy for next year and replace it with the new levy. The extra money is badly needed because state funding has been essentially frozen: The district had to cut more than $225,000 from its budget this year, and is asking teachers to accept a pay freeze.
A district judge has agreed to ask a Minnesota Appeals Court for guidance on the issue of whether subpoenas were properly served in the Virginia Briard case. District Judge Lisa Borgen ruled in June that the subpoenas had been properly served, even though they had been delivered to her husband and son. Virginia Briard is accused of going on the run to avoid testifying at the first trial of her husband, Robert.