WHITE EARTH — The West Nile Virus (WNV) was recently detected in two crows within the city of Mahnomen. An individual reported the bird carcasses to the White Earth Reservation Natural Resources Department, who in turn sent the birds to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) in Wisconsin. The NWHC Epidemiology Team confirmed the birds were carriers of the West Nile Virus.
Country legends Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw, and Collin Raye are bringing their "Roots & Boots" tour to Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center this Friday, Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20 and are on sale now. They can be purchased by phone at 1-800-313-SHOW (7469), online at www.StarCasino.com/Tickets , or via the "Buy Tickets" tab on Shooting Star's Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/ShootingStarCasino .
Jeremy Joseph Azure, 36, of White Earth has been sentenced to over three years in prison for selling heroin on the White Earth Reservation. He was sentenced July 6 in Becker County District Court for felony third-degree controlled substance crime. The original first-degree drug charge was reduced in a plea agreement. According to court records, between Jan. 1 and Feb. 21, he was the source of heroin sold by another man on three occasions to a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.
Daniel Fike Grinder, 32, of Moorhead has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fugitive from justice. According to court records, on May 25 a bench warrant was issued for him in Cass County, N.D., Court for failing to appear on charges of failing to register as a sexual offender He was arrested on the warrant by a Minnesota state trooper on July 4 and taken to the Becker County Jail. Grinder waived extradition back to North Dakota on July 6.
NEW YORK MILLS — The Cultural Center in New York Mills will host the community's 10th annual Kalevala Puppet Pageant this weekend, with two large-scale street theater performances set for Friday, Aug. 17 in NYM and Saturday, Aug. 18 in Perham.
A woman was injured after being struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of M&H Gas Station at 1157 Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes on Thursday, August 16. The Detroit Lakes Police Department responded at 2:45 p.m., assisted by the Becker County Sheriff's Office. A lone male driver was in the car that struck the elderly woman. She was placed in a neck brace and taken by ambulance to Essentia Health for examination. Leaving the scene, she appeared to be conscious and was speaking with EMTs.
Elias Delgado, 27, of Laredo, Texas, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony financial transaction card fraud and felony fifth degree controlled substance crime. According to court records, at 8:30 a.m. on March 11, a police officer stopped to talk to him on Lake Long Road after noticing that his parked vehicle had no front license plate. He was found to have no driver's license and no auto insurance. Three bottles of pills were found in the vehicle, one with six white Clonazepam tablets that Delgado said were given to him by a man he gave a ride to.
Michael Ray Smuda, 47, of rural Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony receiving stolen property. According to court records, on April 21 a deputy was called to a residence on the report of a suspicious trailer, with identifying markings ground off, that matched the description of a trailer stolen in the County Road 6 area a few weeks earlier. Smuda allegedly brought the trailer, valued at over $1,000, to the new location and later told police he won it in a poker game and he did not have the title. The owner said it had been stolen.
Exceptionally dry conditions in the northwest part of the state have contributed to several small fires over the past week. To prevent a possible wildfire, the Department of Natural Resources urges extreme caution when using farm equipment right now. To reduce the chances of starting a wildfire when working in the field, follow these steps:
Clinton Wayne Manning Jr., 21, of Detroit Lakes has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for misdemeanor domestic assault. A felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation and a misdemeanor domestic assault charge were dismissed in a plea agreement. According to court records, at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 7 a woman went to the Detroit Lakes Police Department to report a domestic assault that had occurred earlier that morning. Manning had been drinking the night before and got angry with the woman when she tried to wake him up for work.