Christopher Paul Schmidt, 19, of rural Frazee, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime. According to court records, on Jan. 18, he was the front-seat passenger in a vehicle stopped for speeding in Detroit Lakes. The officer could smell burned marijuana and Schmidt said that he had been vaping in the car, but had done nothing illegal.
Charles Joseph Neeland, 38, of rural Ogema, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony violating the state's predatory offender registration law. According to court records, on Dec. 30, 2008, he was convicted of felony false imprisonment and is required to register as a predatory offender until 2026.
Terry Lee Sprunk, 62, of rural Waubun, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony threats of violence. According to court records, on Sept. 12 White Earth tribal police officers responded to a report of two neighbors arguing over the use of a driveway on the 39000 block of North Elbow Lake Road, Waubun. Sprunk allegedly threatened to shoot the other man's car if he used the driveway again. He allegedly admitted to investigators that he had made the threat.
Francisco Luna Blanco, 43, of rural Frazee, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for misdemeanor domestic assault. A felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation and a second count of misdemeanor domestic assault were dismissed in a plea agreement.
Dave Schneider of Detroit Lakes was presented with Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge's 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award at its annual recognition banquet in August.
SCHLAUDERAFF — Jordyn Renae; born September 24, 2018, weighing 7 pounds, 7.8 ounces, to Paige and Casey Schlauderaff. DAVIDSON — Jasper James; born September 25, 2018, weighing 8 pounds, 15 ounces, to Meagan and Matthew Davidson. CHEATHAM — Grace Marie; born September 27, 2018, weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces, to Emily and Thomas Cheatham. BRAY — Tanner LeRoy; born September 28, 2018, weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces, to Josie Bellanger and Izaak Bray.
Kenneth James Vanysseldyk, 49, of Frazee, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fourth-degree controlled substance crime. The original charge of felony third-degree controlled substance crime was reduced in a plea agreement, and a felony fifth-degree drug charge was dropped. According to court records, on Jan. 8 he sold 2.2 grams of methamphetamines to a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. On Jan. 22 he sold 3.7 grams of meth to the confidential informant.
Ricky Morrell Dickson, 65, of rural Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony DWI. A second count of felony DWI was dismissed in a plea agreement. According to court records, at about 6 a.m. on Feb. 19, deputies were dispatched to a vehicle fire at Becker County Road 17 and South Lake Melissa Drive. The report also stated that the driver appeared to be intoxicated. A deputy arrived to find a vehicle in the ditch fully engulfed in flames. Dickson, the driver, was sitting in the back seat of a pickup truck.
This October will mark the eighth straight year that Shooting Star Casino, Hotel & Event Center has hosted a paranormal convention featuring a variety of supernatural experts and celebrities. Paracon 2018 comes to the Shooting Star on Oct. 11-13. Special guests at ParaCon 2018 include: • Austin Amelio from AMC's "The Walking Dead" • Dave Schrader from Darkness Radio • Nick Groff from The Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures," and Destination America's "Ghosts of Shepherdstown" and "Paranormal Lockdown"
On Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills, the Cultural Center will present the concert "I Lift My Lamp: Vintage Songs and Dances of Immigrant America," performed by Ken Burns' pianist Jacqueline Schwab. The concert will also feature an opening by a small group from the NYM High School band and a sing-along finale led by high school choir students. The concert is free and open to all. A freewill collection will benefit the high school music program.