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Contrary to what some believe, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources does not manage water levels on the Ottertail River for the benefit of tubing businesses. And recent work on a dam on Hubbel Pond has not caused the Ottertail River's water level to drop, according to DNR Area Wildlife Supervisor Earl Johnson. The Ottertail flows through Hubbel Pond. Hubbel Pond Game Refuge is located immediately south of the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge off County Road 29. A contractor is in the process of building a new dam to hold back the 500-acre water impoundment.
A 17-year-old Audubon boy was arrested and faces multiple charges after allegedly stealing a pickup truck, boat and trailer early Thursday morning and leading Detroit Lakes police on a short chase that ended with him smashing into a tree on West Avenue. The pickup and boat were reported stolen at 12:22 a.m. Thursday from a residence on the 600 block of Sixth Street in Audubon. At about 11 p.m.
Though you might not know it by looking at the long police report, the Independence Day weekend in Detroit Lakes was actually a little quieter than usual. The band Night Storm of Menomonie, Wis., canceled its show on Friday evening at the Pavilion because there weren't enough people there. Those who showed up Friday were given armbands for free admittance to Saturday's dance, said band spokesman Mike Checkalski. Saturday's event went well and the band will likely be back next year, he added. The Detroit Lakes city parks staff kept busy over the holiday weekend, said public works direct
School officials in Minnesota no longer have to worry that successful levy referendums will later be overturned by voters. In a case based largely on the Frazee-Vergas School District, the Legislature this year removed the option of so-called reverse referendums from state law. The law previously provided for a new operating levy referendum vote with a petition signed by just 15 percent of registered voters. School district supporters, including the Minnesota Association of School Districts, had hoped to convince the Legislature to raise that voter threshold to 30 percent, said Greg Abbo
Police officers in Detroit Lakes know better than to expect to spend a leisurely Independence Day holiday with their families. With Detroit Lakes a destination town for the Fourth of July weekend, they know they'll be working long hours to keep order -- and this year is no exception. "We'll have a high staffing level this weekend," said Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena.
A Becker County jury has acquitted a former Lake Park-Audubon teacher accused of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct Jared Lee Sanborn, 26, of P.O.
Trial is underway in Becker County District Court for a former Lake Park-Audubon teacher charged with felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly having intercourse with a 15-year-old girl. The charge technically involves a victim age 13-15 and a perpetrator at least two years older. Jared Lee Sanborn, 26, of P.O. Box 122, Lake Park, appeared in Becker County District Court Tuesday, where attorneys completed jury selection and held opening arguments.
A trial has been set for Sept.
If Gov. Tim Pawlenty proceeds with his unilateral budget cuts next month, area counties will feel the pinch: Becker County will lose $222,000 in state revenue this year and $451,000 next year. Otter Tail County will lose $355,000 this year and $721,000 next year. Hubbard will lose $137,000 this year and $279,000 next year. Mahnomen County is one of five exempt from cuts because its population is under 5,000.
The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities nearly doubled the amount of money it spent lobbying the Legislature last year -- from about $600,000 to about $1 million. It was a bold gamble, and paid off handsomely in preserving Local Government Aid to cities -- or would have, if not for Gov.