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Monday late afternoon’s call for help did not turn out to be a great one for Detroit Lakes Police Officer Joseph Sternhagen. At about 5:40 p.m., the police department got a call from a woman who said a man outside her house was stalking and harassing her. Officers Sternhagen and Joe Steffens responded to the call. Police Chief Tim Eggebraaten said that Steffens talked to the woman, while Sternhagen went to talk to the man. “They had enough information to detain him at that time,” Eggebraaten said. “Officer Sternhagen handcuffed him and put him in the back of his squad car.
Becker County commissioners are pleased with the request for qualifications they received from contractors for the upcoming jail project. The next step is to narrow the field down to two...
After the Lake Park elevator went up in flames April 27, the county, which has owned the tax forfeited land since 2014, is looking at how quickly it can clean...
A two-inch flamingo. A six-inch long bridge. Stepping stones the size of a nickel. Beach chairs and umbrellas made for … well, fairies. Everyone needs a house — even fairies. And over the last few years, creating fairy gardens has become quite popular, and it doesn’t look like this trend is coming to an end anytime soon. “It’s such a fun thing to do with kids, or with friends,” Janaya Davis said of making the fairy gardens. Davis owns Jay’s Garden Boutique near Rochert, and has helped build many, many miniature gardens.
It’s no secret that Becker County’s population swells during the summer months. Whether it’s visitors on vacation or more semi-permanent people with second lake homes, anyone can see an increase in traffic, and businesses certainly see an increase in sales. According to a study done in 2013 through Explore Minnesota, with assistance from the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Becker County is the fourth highest in gross tourism sales for the northwest region.
Last week, seventh and eighth grade girls from Waubun-Ogema-White Earth School got a taste of what it’s like to be a woman in power. Through the girlsBEST Fund (girls Building Economic Success Together), which was funded by The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, young girls are introduced to entrepreneurism, business development and leadership.
When John and Karen Thorpe decided to travel west to see their daughter, they decided to take a more scenic route this time around. “We’re going to go out and do this, and usually we’d get on a plane,” John Thorpe said of their July 2014 trip. Instead they decided to relax, sit back and see the sights along with Amtrak. When they started looking at tickets to fly west, they realized it was much cheaper to take the train.
Soon there will be a local brew coming out of Audubon. The Becker County Board of Commissioners approved a conditional use permit to open a micro-distillery for Michael and Lynette Erickson. Michael Erickson explained to the planning and commission board, which passes recommendations onto the county board, that he plans to start a distillery with flavored moonshine, distilled with corn. “It started out as a joke,” Erickson said later in the week after the county board approved his request. He and a friend had a pressure cooker and looked up recipes just to see if they could brew th
Everything and everyone has a story. It may not be edge-of-your-seat interesting or tug at your heartstrings, but there’s always a story. The items in the Becker County Historical Society certainly have their own tale — and an historic one at that. Such is the case with a No. 5 bear trap in the museum. “The trap here is interesting I think because it is a utilitarian object that has this very interesting history behind it that you would never know if you just looked at it,” said Becker County Historical Society Director Amy Degerstrom.
Becker County Housing is moving to the Midwest Minnesota Community Develop-ment Corporation. “This is the end of a very long process,” County Administrator Jack Ingstad said. “We have explored every option in the book.” The Becker County Board of Commissioners approved transferring Becker County Housing to MMCDC, with the board revisiting the issue in one year for review.