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With the cold snap, area lakes have been making ice like crazy -- bait shop owners report 3-5 inches on most lakes, and fish houses are sprouting up. But Little Detroit Lake just iced-over last Saturday, and Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon is advising no motorized travel on lakes this weekend. "We're looking at a good 4 inches (of ice on Little Detroit Lake) and growing," he said Thursday. "But we're advising, for the next week or so, no vehicles -- walking only.
Good news for those most at-risk of catching the H1N1 flu virus. Becker County Community Health has finally received a sizable shipment of H1N1 vaccine -- both nasal and injectable -- and will hold a public immunization clinic from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the armory in Detroit Lakes. This clinic is for: pregnant women, caregivers of infants under 6 months of age, children 6 months to 9 years needing first or second doses, healthcare workers and emergency responders, and those 10 years to 24 years old with health conditions.
'Tis the season to enjoy Christmas lights, and for those who like to decorate their homes, the time and money spent is a holiday gift to their families and the whole community. John Mitchell, of 1315 Lake Ave., in Detroit Lakes has always enjoyed decorating for Christmas. He and his wife, Jody, have a houseful of four grandkids ages 3 to 9, and John keeps them in the Christmas spirit with lights and decorations inside and out. "I like getting into the spirit of things," he says, "and the kids enjoy it." Their small yard is filled with inflatables -- a Christmas train, Santa on a motorc
Sharon Westerholm of rural Detroit Lakes is the go-to person at the Lake Region Builders Association. For the past several years she has served as the organization's executive officer, and for 15 or so years prior to that she was an active member of the governing board. Her half-time job as executive officer shares something in common with most of the other jobs she has had held over the years -- she was recruited for the position. "I've never had to look for work, they come and find me," she said with a laugh. As executive officer for the builders association, she organizes the big an
Teachers in the Lake Park-Audubon School District want a raise.
Dave Coalwell is earnest, with flashes of humor, as he is interviewed about the Avenue of Flags at Oak Grove Cemetery. But his face turns glum as he points to a statement that shows $456 in a checking account at Security State Bank.
An Iowa man suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning when the semi tractor-trailer rig he was driving lost control on wet blacktop and rolled on Highway 200 in Mahnomen County, blocking the highway. The roadway was closed for about five hours following the accident, according to the State Patrol. Kenney D. Clark, 28, of Spencer, Iowa was driving the 2007 Peterbilt semi westbound with a load of oriented strand board, or waferboard. The accident was reported about 9:30 a.m.
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