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Though the Becker County Board is mindful of the State Legislature's decision last month to pass a 3.9 percent county property tax cap for 2009, there are some areas where the commissioners just don't feel comfortable in cutting back. That became clear Tuesday, when they approved a request from Human Services Director Nancy Nelson to add two part-time social workers for the child protection unit. As Nelson explained, the child protection unit is "greatly understaffed" -- despite the White Earth Tribal Council's decision earlier this spring to take over child welfare/protection services fro
BECKER COUNTY - Controlling invasive plant species in one township, planting trees for a windbreak in another, and constructing a grassed waterway in another -- it's all part of a day's work at the Becker County Soil and Water Conservation District. Last Tuesday, about 40 interested spectators including farmers, county officials and ag professionals got a chance to see some of those projects up close, as the SWCD hosted its 2008 Invasive Species & Conservation Tour. The SWCD began providing the county's ag inspector services about four years ago.
DETROIT LAKES - As the Becker County Board enters its budgeting process for 2009, it does so with the knowledge that the Minnesota Legislature has curtailed its ability to fund that budget by imposing a three-year property tax cap. In the final hours of the 2008 legislative session, lawmakers acceded to the wishes of Gov.
By VICKI L. GERDES Detroit Lakes Newspapers Though the advent of summer has traditionally been viewed to coincide with the start of Memorial Day weekend, the weather outside has not been cooperating -- until now. The sunny skies and warm temperatures could not have come at a better time, as this weekend will be a very busy one for lakes area residents. On Friday, the Becker County chapter of the American Cancer Society is preparing to host its annual Relay for Life at the Detroit Lakes High School track.
DETROIT LAKES - In Minnesota, a conviction for first-degree murder carries an automatic sentence of life in prison. So despite claims of innocence and pleas of leniency from the family and friends of Kenneth Andersen, the sentence handed down by District Court Judge Peter Irvine on Thursday was just that: Life, without possibility of parole. Last Thursday, the 34-year-old rural Waubun man was found guilty of killing his former friend and business partner, Chad Swedberg, 33, of rural Ogema.
LAKE PARK - The view from the driver's seat of a semi trailer truck is a lofty one, prompting many a driver to get a sense of being "king of the road." But Lake Park's Steve Johnson has more claim to the title than most of his peers: For the second year in a row, Johnson took first place in his division at the North Dakota State Truck Driving Championships on May 10.
With over 50 bands set to perform on four stages, the sixth annual 10,000 Lakes Festival -- also known as 10KLF -- is shaping up to be one of the summer's hottest tickets. DETROIT LAKES - Scheduled for July 23-26 at Detroit Lakes' Soo Pass Ranch, the 2008 lineup will feature the 10KLF debut of Oklahoma's premiere alternative rock bands, The Flaming Lips.
In Minnesota, a conviction for first-degree murder carries an automatic sentence of life in prison. So despite claims of innocence and pleas of leniency from the family and friends of Kenneth Andersen, the sentence handed down by District Court Judge Peter Irvine on Thursday was just that: Life, without possibility of parole. Last Thursday, the 34-year-old rural Waubun man was found guilty of killing his former friend and business partner, Chad Swedberg, 33, of rural Ogema.
After a year's worth of construction and haggling over change orders, the Becker County Board of Commissioners got a chance to see what all the fuss was about Tuesday morning, as they toured the new courthouse addition. And while there are still a few last-minute finishing touches to be worked out, Court Administrator Brian Berg said the county is on target to move in next week. "We're planning for a June 19-20 move-in," he said. The biggest change the public will notice is that the court administrator's office will be located on the ground floor, along with the main courtroom where most
Two years ago, pianist Lorie Line brought her concert grand piano to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre for a one-night-only show, and experienced such a warm welcome that she's decided to come back. "We sold out two years ago, so we're coming back again," Line said in a telephone interview. Set to take place on Father's Day, Sunday, June 15, this afternoon concert will include many of Line's personal favorites. "I'm playing some pop standards, some originals (Line is also a composer who writes or arranges all of the music she performs on stage), some folk tunes and some patriotic tu