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A Becker County grand jury has indicted a Waubun man 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. Kenneth Eugene Andersen, 34, of 37997 280th Ave., Waubun (Fish Hook Lake) was indicted Monday afternoon in Becker County District Court. He was a friend and business associate of Swedberg. The grand jury deliberated all last week and reached a charging decision late Friday afternoon. Andersen had already been charged with second-degree murder in the case.
Emotions ran high among Lake Park-Audubon School Board members Wednesday as they tried to decide whether to put a school building measure on the ballot. Stung by three building bond referendum defeats within the last two years, Board Member Jeff Swetland pushed long and hard for the board to try a different approach this time around. He wanted the board to sit down with leaders of the "vote no" effort and try to negotiate some kind of compromise. Specifically, he wants to ask them if they would support a new school if the Minnesota Department of Education were to officially reject a "rep
A grand jury has been convened in the Becker County Courthouse, but proceedings are secret and court officials are not even confirming that the grand jury is in session. Grand juries are used to make charging decisions in difficult cases, but a grand jury indictment is also required in Minnesota in order to level a first-degree homicide charge. On Tuesday, a White Earth police officer waited with bailiffs outside the third floor courtroom for his turn to testify. The most recent homicide charged in Becker County occurred April 13 with the death of Chad Swedberg, 33, a Little White Earth
Lake Park-Audubon residents may get a chance to vote on a no-frills school project in late November or early December. Rather than place the same plan on the ballot again, the LP-A School Board is considering whittling it down from $26.7 million to $23.8 million. The proposal, rejected twice by voters, most recently in May by fewer than 100 votes, calls for a new high school in Lake Park and a combination of new construction and renovation at the elementary school in Audubon. The board is considering shaving about $2.9 million off the building bond referendum through a combination of omi
A host of ideas, 12 in all, were considered Thursday when the Lake Park-Audubon School Board discussed options for school improvements. The ideas were compiled from suggestions from the community and past experience. Some options include "very rough projections" from the district's architect, Zerr-Berg, said LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie.
Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Jeff Swanson wants to make sure smaller fire departments across Minnesota have access to training funds. "I want to make sure the smaller departments don't get left out of the mix," he said. Earlier this month, Swanson was appointed to the 15-member Firefighter Training and Education Board by Gov.
Down 4-1, the The Detroit Lakes Angels amateur baseball team rallied with six runs in the eighth inning to build a 7-4 lead, but they couldn't hold on and the game slipped away to end in a heartbreaking 8-7 loss to the Sauk Rapids Cyclones Sunday evening in Hamburg. It was the second big comeback in as many games for the Angels, but the scrappy Sauk Rapids team made a comeback of their own to end Detroit Lakes' run in the Class C division of the State Tournament. The full story will be posted later today on this Web site.
After four sometimes-contentious public meetings to gather input on what to do about the district's aging school buildings, the Lake Park-Audubon School Board will make a decision at a special meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the media center in the Lake Park High School. "A lot of these things (that came up at the public meetings) were addressed previously, but there are some new things that came out of the meetings," said Superintendent Dale Hogie. "There is also a proposal from the concerned taxpayer group and another letter from an LP-A resident.
Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon says he is pleased with law enforcement efforts at WE Fest this year. He estimated that more than 60,000 people attended the country music festival each day of the three-day event. "On our end, from a law enforcement point of view, I'd call it a success," he said. "We had more people and fewer arrests (than last year). We only had 13 lock-ups to go through today," he said Monday.
The bridges of Becker County are safe and are inspected every year, said Highway Engineer Brad Wentz. There are 67 county and township bridges in Becker County, not counting state highways, but most are actually box culverts and culverts, Wentz said. "Anything over 10 feet is considered a bridge that we do inspections on," he said. Long Bridge in Detroit Lakes and the bridge over the railroad tracks in Lake Park are two of the county's busiest bridges. The county website has a map that shows all bridges and lists deficiencies.