The Minnesota Department of Revenue will open state individual income tax filing season on Monday, Jan. 29. For the benefit and convenience of Minnesotans, this is the same day as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The filing deadline to submit 2017 income tax returns is Tuesday, April 17, rather than the traditional April 15 date. This is also the same day as the Internal Revenue Service deadline. Free income tax assistance available
Timothy Alan Dreyer, 53, of Taylors Falls, Minn, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony first-degree controlled substance crime. According to court records, on Dec. 21 a special agent with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force was working with a cooperating individual who indicated that he was set to receive an ounce of meth in Becker County.
Robbin Alexander McNeil, 55, of Scappoose, Ore., has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime. According to court records, on Dec. 31 he was in a car that was approached by a deputy after a complaint that the vehicle had been parked in the same place for five hours with a man inside it. The deputy smelled marijuana when he talked to McNeil, and allegedly found there was a total of 3.58 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle, in a gallon plastic baggie and in the console in the front seat.
The Lake Park Lions Club recently chose its president, Anita Pietila, to receive its Lion of the Year award. "Anita has been an outstanding president, who attends not only our meetings but the district meetings as well," said a club press release. "She keeps us involved in all Lion activities, local and national."
BROWN — Shyleah Marie; born January 9, 2018, weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces, to Shaelyn Leigland and Warren Brown. MARKUSON — Patrick Matthew; born January 10, 2018, weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces, to Melanie and Matt Markuson. STOLEE — Kenna Rain; born January 10, 2018, weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces, to Danielle and Thomas Stolee. WILKEN — Journey Rose; born January 10, 2018, weighing 9 pounds, 4.9 ounces, to Jericha Wilken and Charles Reynolds.
REO Speedwagon concert CANCELLED Grammy-nominated rock band, REO Speedwagon, was set for a live concert at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center this Friday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. Unfortunately, due to "an unforeseen medical issue," the band will not be able to perform as scheduled, according to a message on the Shooting Star's website. The group sends their apologies to all of their fans. The show will be rescheduled at a later date.
Two employees of the Becker County Soil & Water Conservation District recently received honors for outstanding performance in their respective fields. Mead is Minnesota BWSR's Employee of the Year The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced last month that Peter Mead, Administrator for the Becker Soil and Water Conservation District, has been named the 2017 Outstanding District Employee of the Year.
From now through mid-February, the music and arts program at Trinity Lutheran Church is holding an exhibition of the photographs of Roxanne Westman. From 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Sundays, Westman's photography can be viewed throughout the Fellowship Room and hallway of the church, located at 1401 Madison Ave. (on the hill east of Detroit Lakes High School). It is free and open to the public.
There have been at least 22 crashes so far this season in Minnesota involving vehicles and snowplows. With significant snow totals forecast for much of the state this week, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use extra caution during plowing and snow removal operations.
Two men are accused of shoplifting hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise from Midwest Workwear in Detroit Lakes while a clerk was busy helping another customer in a different part of the store. Dennis Paul Murray Jr., 34, of Mahnomen has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony theft and Paul George Person Jr., 33, of White Earth has been charged with gross misdemeanor theft.