The Minnesota Department of Revenue is offering a total of $400,000 in grant funds to non-profit organizations that offer volunteer taxpayer assistance services. These grants provide qualifying non-profits with technology, supplies, and other resources they need to prepare and file accurate, timely tax returns for the communities they serve. This past filing season, the 35 grant recipient organizations prepared nearly 58,000 income tax and property tax returns totaling more than $28 million in refunds.
One of the Northwest Water Carnival's signature events, the Water Fights, drew huge crowds to the Detroit Lakes City Park Wednesday night. With plenty of stray streams of H2O spilling over into the crowd, the hot and sticky air didn't prove much of a deterrent for spectators, who enjoyed watching 24 teams square off for the water fights championship, which lasted well into the evening.
Two Fergus Falls residents were injured when their car failed to negotiate the roundabout at Highway 59 and Becker County Road 22 near Detroit Lakes just before midnight on Saturday. The driver, Jon Alan Kragness, 54 and the passenger, Jennifer Ann Hultin, 50, both of Fergus Falls, each suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Essentia St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes. Alcohol was a factor in the crash, according to the State Patrol.
SWOBODA — Kora Mae; born July 1, 2018, weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces, to Kari and Tyler Swoboda. METZLER — Adeline Grace; born July 2, 2018, weighing 9 pounds, 3 ounces, to Stephanie and Reid Metzler. SCHOEBERL — Eli Scott; born July 2, 2018, weighing 9 pounds, 6 ounces, to Jessica and Branden Schoeberl. LEWIS — Bode Samuel; born July 3, 2018, weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces, to Noel and Alex Lewis. SCHAEFBAUER — Dax Ryan; born July 4, 2018, weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces, to Macey and Nate Schaefbauer.
St. Paul, M.N.—Minnesota farmers affected by the recent flooding can take advantage of a zero-percent Disaster Loan Program offered by the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA). The program helps farmers cover flood clean-up, repair, and replacement costs not covered by insurance.
A teenage passenger was injured in an accident Thursday morning on Highway 10 in Audubon. According to the State Patrol: Merlin Louis Anderson, 79, of Detroit Lakes was eastbound on Highway 10 in a 2013 Dodge Journey. He avoided a near collision on eastbound Highway 10 that forced the Dodge Journey through the median and onto the westbound shoulder. The Dodge attempted a U-turn and hit the right side of a 2015 Chevy Impala driven by John Andrew Wagenaar, 74, of Nevis.
Essentia Health St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes has received the 2018 Gold Award in the Minnesota Antibiotic Stewardship Honor Roll through the Minnesota Department of Health. Essentia Health St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes has demonstrated commitment, implemented evidence-based actions and has advanced stewardship through external collaboration. The Gold Award is the highest level of recognition attainable.
This Saturday, July 14, Minnesota musician R. Mark Fogelson will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Josh Hanson Memorial Picnic Shelter inside Maplewood State Park.
Tammara Cherise Eischens, 30, of Park Rapids, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
Two chart-topping country music acts are headed for Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, Hotel & Event Center this month. Contemporary country duo, Trick Pony, will perform at the Shooting Star this Friday, July 13, at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $10. Grammy Award-winning country music legend Charley Pride is headed for the Shooting Star stage the following weekend, Friday, July 20, also at 8 p.m.; tickets for this show start at $25.