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Two final candidates for the Becker County Administrator position now await the verdict of who gets the job after a final interview with the commissioners Wednesday morning. Becker County Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen is in the running, as is Ron Moorse, city administrator for Afton, Minn., which is located east of the Twin Cities and is home to nearly 2,900 people. A third candidate, Robert Bezek, an engineer for FEMA, dropped out of consideration after commissioners denied his request to do the final interview online, via Skype. On Wednesday Tangen and Moorse met separately with the c
Leave your cell phone in the car and put everything metal into the bin -- Becker County has fortified security within its courtrooms. Those wanting access into the courts portion of the courthouse building in Detroit Lakes must now be screened for weapons and electronic devices. While it's business as usual in that part of the courthouse where residents go to get passports, pay taxes, get birth certificates and other county-related business, taking a left from the main entrance to go into the actual court system is different. A metal detector now sits there, as do three part-time screene
Many QVC lovers now have a chance to get up close and personal with some of its clothing items, as Kitty Kelli's Clothing & Accessories opens its doors in Detroit Lakes. If the name sounds familiar, it's because the lady behind the store, Kelli Atchison, had a seasonal Kitty Kelli's in Cormorant for two years and has been a constant at the Shady Hollow Flea Market for seven. "Both of those are seasonal, but much of my clientele has been wanting me to open a year-round location," said Atchison, adding that while she will still be out at the flea market, she will not be re-opening the Cormo
Give what you grow. That might be the motto of Minnesota Food banks, and the food pantries they serve, as they look for leftovers. Harvest to Home is one part of a new initiative called Hunger-Free Minnesota, which is made up of food banks and other service organizations throughout the state striving to reduce hunger. Harvest to Home is designed to convince local farmers to donate their agricultural surplus to food banks. "Apples, potatoes, squash, onions, carrots -- you name it," said Susie Novak, executive director of the North Country Food Bank in Crookston (the food bank that serve
A Detroit Lakes truck driver is in intensive care in California after suffering from a serious stroke following an accident last month. According to family, 61-year-old Jerry Pesicka was driving his big rig on Interstate 5 in Orange County, Calif., on Feb. 6, when he blacked out and ended up on an off-ramp. His semi smashed into an SUV, critically injuring the two young women inside, then hit a BMW and another semi.
It was supposed to be just an afternoon of yardwork for 13-year-old Tyler Nelson, who was hired to do a raking job for a couple he knew on the 1000 block of Rossman Avenue, when it quickly turned bizarre. "I saw this car come through the driveway, drove through the yard and crashed right there," he said, pointing to the front of the house. "I was standing right...
It's that time of year when church, the Easter Bunny and spring all come together to make life a little more enchanting for children. Although Easter Sunday isn't until April 8, the fun begins sooner than that as local organizations prepare for their March 31 happenings. Easter Egg-stravaganza For the first time ever, Lakes Area Vineyard Church in Detroit Lakes is rallying roughly 100 volunteers for a free Easter celebration at the Boys and Girls Club. Registration for the event begins at 8:30 a.m.
A benefit account has been set up for Jerry Pesicka of Detroit Lakes after the trucker of many years suffered a stroke while driving. The accident happened on Interstate 5 in California on February 7, leaving him in a coma. Pesicka has since had four brain surgeries and remains in a California hospital. His wife, Cathy, is currently trying to gather the funds to fly out to be with her husband, so family has set up a benefit account to cover this cost and those that will surly come with an extended medical stay and extensive recovery process.
"You don't get into teaching to win awards, so I'm actually kind of embarrassed," said Shad Nunn, Detroit Lakes high school teacher, on the afternoon he was named Detroit Lakes' Teacher of the Year. The modest math teacher, who grew up in Frazee, has been helping high schoolers get through what can be an unpopular subject for 18 years, all in Detroit Lakes. "You just try to take something you're talented at, which for me is math, and try to make it easier for kids who don't like it but maybe help them respect and appreciate the subject or at least do their best," said Nunn, who won the awa
Many local business and community leaders have said right now is the most exciting time for economic development that the area has seen in 100 years.