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FOLEY -- Testimony began Wednesday in the jury trial of Frazee hog farmer Robert Briard on a criminal sexual conduct charge. As is often the case when members of the same family are on opposing sides of a court trial, the proceedings included a few dramatic moments. The alleged victim in the case was the first witness called, and though she admitted to being nervous, she was seemingly calm in answering questions from both the defense and prosecution.
FOLEY -- The trial of Frazee-area hog farmer Robert Briard on a felony charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct began Tuesday at the Benton County Courthouse in Foley, Minn. After a selection process that lasted through the morning and continued until about mid-afternoon, a panel of 14 jurors -- eight women, six men -- was sworn in by Becker County District Court Judge Peter Irvine.
It's been 40 years since Tom Hanson opened the first Zorbaz on West Lake Drive in Detroit Lakes. Since then, he and operating partner Rick Jansen have expanded the business so much that a ninth Zorbaz restaurant just opened in March. They have also have passed on much of the day-to-day operation of the business to their sons, Cole Hanson and Tate Jansen. "We're the second generation," said Tate Jansen earlier this week. But both original partners -- along with their sons -- will be present for the restaurant's 40th birthday bash on June 26-27.
Though Heather Bridgeman has never been diagnosed with cancer, her life has been inexorably affected by the disease. Bridgeman's mother, Michelle Harris, a Detroit Lakes Middle School EBD teacher, passed away on March 9 of this year -- less than a month after being diagnosed with colon cancer. Seven years earlier, in 2002, her father Bob Harris died from pancreatic cancer, and Bridgeman lost a grandfather to the disease as well. "I've been involved with the (American Cancer Society) Relay for Life off and on since 2002," said Bridgeman, noting that she and her husband Brett had lived in
There are many health benefits to working out, both physically and mentally, but for many people, the difficulty of maintaining a regular exercise regimen is that it lacks one important element: Fun. What if there was a workout that maintained all of the above-mentioned health benefits, while adding that important missing element? Enter Zumba, the latest exercise craze to dance its way into fitness centers across America.
For the past couple of years, the juvenile detention center in Moorhead has been experiencing some financial difficulties -- and Clay County is looking for alternatives to keep its doors from closing. Becker County Commissioner John Bellefeuille reported at Tuesday's county board meeting that the facility's current method of charging counties for boarding their juveniles on a per diem basis isn't working. "In order to make this detention center stay alive we have to work on another method to sustain it," Bellefeuille said, explaining that Clay County is looking for a fixed financial commit
Back in February of this year, the Becker County Board and county department heads sat down and hashed out a budget plan that would trim roughly $550,000 from the county's bottom line for 2009. "We've been thinking about and planning for it (a significant state aid cut) for a year," said County Administrator Brian Berg on Tuesday. They were anticipating that the state aid unallotment of $300,000 that was leveled on the county just before the end of 2008 would be more than doubled by the end of 2009. And as Gov.
Though the administration of the Detroit Lakes Summer Recreation Program has changed hands this year, there will be very few visible changes for participants when the program gets underway Monday. Coordinators Brent Wolf and Kim Bettcher of the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center say they have been working closely with the Detroit Lakes City Park & Recreation Board to put together the schedule. As in past years, the program will include everything from baseball and t-ball to face painting and crafts. Activities will run from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Imagine this: For every 10 children born today in the tiny island country of Haiti, four will never go to school, three will live without clean water, and two will die within a year of their birth. Over the course of a few short months, the country was struck by four successive hurricanes in 2008 -- Fay, Gustav, Hannah and Ike -- and is still dealing with the devastation wrought by Mother Nature. Many remain homeless, having had everything they possessed swept away by the storms. But there is hope.
"One hundred years is a long time -- and I wasn't sitting still." So says Malinda Gamer, who celebrated her centennial birthday this past Monday, June 1, in the Frazee Care Center. And for most of that time, Malinda has made her home in the Evergreen Township area -- first on her parents' farm, and later, with her husband Carl.