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Christmas came early over the weekend -- at least for kids enjoying a day off from school today.
The Becker County Sheriff's Department reported lots of activity, including cars in the ditch and fender-benders on Sunday afternoon, according to a dispatcher, who was too busy to talk to a reporter. The Becker County area can expect from six inches to a foot of snow today, according to the National Weather Service, which has issued a no-travel advisory for much of north-central and Northwest Minnesota, including Becker, Mahnomen, Otter Tail and Hubbard counties. At about 11 a.m.
St. Mary's Regional Health Center and Innovis Health (formerly Dakota Clinic) of Detroit Lakes, have formed an affiliation and adopted a new name, St. Mary's Innovis Health. "This affiliation of our two organizations is a very positive step in positioning us for the future, and is an outcome of the January 1 affiliation of the entire Innovis Health organization with St. Mary's parent organization, Essentia Health," says Tom Thompson, chief executive officer. Employees at St. Mary's and the former Dakota clinic are upbeat about the future, said Abigail K.
Faced with increased need and a drop in donations, the community stepped up and made this year a record-breaker for food and cash donations to the Becker County Food Pantry. The food pantry received 77,602 pounds of food and dollars -- they are considered equal for the food pantry's purposes --following a big donation blitz in March. Last year at this time the food pantry had collected 60,509 pounds of food and dollars. "The previous high we had was 68,453 pounds or dollars in 2005, said Food Pantry Director Jack Berenz. "We had a good, a good year this year.
White Earth Chairwoman Erma Vizenor made history Tuesday evening -- she was re-elected to another four-year term in the primary election, winning 66 percent of the vote in the seven-candidate race. Former Tribal Council member Tony Wadena of Naytahwaush came in second with 13 percent of the vote. Because Vizenor won more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary (the first White Earth candidate to do so) she was re-elected Tuesday, and the chairperson's race will not be on the general election ballot June 10. The race for District 3 committeeman will be on the ballot, however. On Tues
The White Earth primary election is Tuesday, April 1, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Community members can keep track of the results Tuesday evening at the Golden Eagle Bingo Hall in Mahnomen. The following positions are open for four-year terms: chairperson and district III representative, (covers the areas of White Earth, Pine Point, Callaway, Ogema, and Elbow Lake.) The White Earth Reservation Tribal Council certified the following individuals to run for office. Chairperson: Raymond J. Bellcourt Erma J. Vizenor (incumbent) Patrick W.
The Lake Park-Audubon School Board is looking at doing what it can to improve its two school buildings. "We're looking right now at facility alternatives, something that involves more remodeling than new construction, since new construction doesn't seem to be where this district is headed at this time," said School Board Member Rick Ellsworth, who sits on the Building and Grounds Committee. "Everything is tentative right now," he added. Architect Tim Zerr of Fargo is working on the plans, and the resulting building bond could be on the ballot in the general election Nov.
The Becker County Attorney's Office is seeking to have a former Frazee man indefinitely committed as a sexually dangerous person. Brandy Owen Lewis, 35, is currently in Stillwater state prison. He has a history of sexual contact with girls, including a 9-year-old he babysat when he was 16, and a girl under the age of 12 he had intercourse with five times when he was 24. He reported sexual and physical abuse from foster brothers, and said three of eight foster fathers had sexually abused him. At one point he reported that an "evil thing" visited him and told him to do evil things.
At a contentious omnibus hearing Friday, an attorney for murder suspect Kenneth Andersen submitted a flurry of motions, and lambasted the Becker County Sheriff's Department and County Attorney's Office for taping confidential attorney-client cell phone calls. Andersen, 34, of Waubun, was indicted by a Becker County grand jury in September for first-degree, premeditated homicide in the April 13 shooting death of Chad Swedberg, which occurred while he was processing maple syrup near his home in rural Ogema. Sheriff's Captain Joe McArthur on Friday testified that the jail did indeed tape cel
DETROIT LAKES -- A homeowner doing renovation work at 601 Davis Avenue got a scare Sunday evening when he pulled up flooring and discovered bones and a remnant of fabric -- that looked like it could have once been clothing -- in a crawl space under the house. He called police, who asked a local medical officer to determine if the pieces of bone were human, according to Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena. The medical officer wasn't sure if the bones were human, so the on-duty sergeant talked to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which agreed to send a team to the scene to assi