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Like an old, heavy, dusty vault, the Becker County Historical Society is cracking open the doors to the museum and all of its 4th annual Museum Day surprises. The event, which is free and open to the public, is set for Sunday, May 4, from noon to 4 p.m. “We use it as a community day — a day to come and see all the great things the museum has to offer,” said Amy Degerstrom, director of the historical society. The day started as a way to recognize and celebrate museums during Minnesota Museum Month and International Museum Month. “We focus it around hands-on activities that you can t
Home ownership just got a little easier to achieve for some Becker County residents. The Detroit Lakes based Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation, or MMCDC, is piloting a new program...
Lake Park Mayor Aaron Wittnebel will serve 30 days in the Becker County Jail and five years of supervised probation as part of his sentencing Wednesday morning. Wittnebel was charged with financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult for mishandling finances for his sister, who has Down’s syndrome and for whom he was a guardian and conservator. Wittnebel pled guilty to the felony offense through an Alford Plea, which means while he asserts innocence, he admits the state had sufficient evidence for a jury to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Becker County Judge Jay Carlson’s ru
A movement to eliminate part-time peace officer licenses is gaining ground in the Minnesota legislature. The bill is currently out of committee and sitting on the house floor. But confusion also seems to be following this piece of legislation. Some law enforcement agencies and lawmakers are hearing from people upset at the idea of eliminating part-time officers, but that’s a misunderstanding. “We’re not talking about getting rid of part time positions; we’re just talking about part-time licenses,” said Neil Melton, executive director of the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Tra
It takes a special kind of person to sit with somebody who is dying, look them in the eyes and help them face the end. But locally, people like that are rarely in short supply. According to Hospice of the Red River Valley Volunteer Coordinator Stephanie Baker, the number of people stepping up to the plate as a volunteer is nearly double what they even have for employees — 45 volunteers to the 25 employees. “I’m always amazed at the amount of time people will spend of their own lives helping others,” said Baker. Merlyn Olson of Flom is one of those volunteers who took his talents of
It’s been a dream of many for a long time — the opening of a new kidney dialysis unit on the White Earth Reservation. The grand opening last week was...
As old man winter slowly loosens his icy grip on the Detroit Lakes area, residents here are starting to see visions of summer dance in their heads. The local Jaycees are getting ready to help bring those visions into full focus. The third annual Bean Bags, Beer and Beach Bums is set for Saturday, April 26, at 6 p.m.
A big, red heart now dots the landscape that lines Highway 10 east in Detroit Lakes. Three weeks ago, Hospice of the Red River Valley picked up that sign and...
Waubun/Ogema/White Earth School officials, along with the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Department, developed a person of interest in Tuesday's bomb threat that resulted in the high school being evacuated. According to a press release from the sheriff's office, a 15-year-old student of the district was interviewed and subsequently made admissions to the threat. He is currently receiving a mental health evaluation, after which a decision will be made on his custodial status. Reports will be forwarded to the Mahnomen County Attorney's Office for consideration of charges, if any.
Have you captured any photos this spring of the birds, butterflies, skunks, etc. that are back around this area? Share them with us for a feature page of the spring...