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Physical evidence linking a murder suspect to the crime is a key element in obtaining a conviction -- and unfortunately for the prosecution in the murder trial of rural Waubun resident Kenneth Andersen, some of the evidence presented during this week's testimony didn't appear as strong as they perhaps would have liked. Prosecutors Mike Fritz (Becker County Attorney) and Al Zdrazil (Assistant Minnesota Attorney General) called a series of forensic scientists from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to the stand on Wednesday and Thursday. Their testimony began with Patrick Warric
Kenneth Andersen's older brother was called to testify Wednesday in the younger sibling's first-degree murder trial. Ken Andersen, 34, of rural Waubun, is accused of shooting his lifelong friend Chad Swedberg twice -- in the shoulder and hip areas -- with a high-powered rifle fired from a distance. Swedberg was killed on April 13, 2007. Frank Andersen was questioned extensively by prosecutors during Wednesday's testimony.
An ATV stolen from a Roseau County residence in late 2006 was at the crux of testimony Tuesday in the continuing murder trial of rural Waubun resident Kenneth Andersen. Andersen, 34, was indicted by a Becker County grand jury in September for first-degree, premeditated homicide in the April 13, 2007 death of Chad Swedberg. Andersen is accused of shooting his lifelong friend Chad Swedberg twice -- in the shoulder and hip areas -- with a high-powered rifle fired from a distance. Nine months before that indictment, however, another complaint was filed against Andersen in Roseau County -- fo
Environmental advocates made some great strides in the areas of conservation and transit during the 2008 session of the Minnesota Legislature -- but they also had a few missed opportunities when it came to the quest for energy independence. According to John Tuma, former state representative and current lobbyist for the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, one of his organization's biggest victories this year came early in the session. The Minnesota Legislature approved a question regarding the proposed constitutional amendment known as the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, to be pla
Though Miquette Denie was born and raised in the country of Haiti, in many ways Detroit Lakes has become her second home. Her younger sister, Farah, and niece, Cherline, were both adopted by John and Mary Lee of Detroit Lakes when they were just 4 years old.
Like most brothers, Ken and Chad Swedberg occasionally argued, and even got into fistfights while growing up together at the family's resort property on Little White Earth Lake. But as Ken Swedberg testified Wednesday in Becker County District Court, the last bout they had occurred roughly 10-11 years ago. "Little brother got too big," said Swedberg, who was born six years before his youngest brother, Chad.
A community survey will be sent to residents of the Lake Park-Audubon School District sometime in the next few weeks, asking for their input on what should be done about the district's school facility needs. LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie said Tuesday that the survey is an attempt to get feedback from the community on "what the district's needs are" and "what alternatives they would support (for upgrading district facilities)." As noted during Monday's school board meeting, however, some of the "alternatives" that have been proposed -- and rejected --in the past are simply not feasible.
Once upon a time, stormwater runoff really wasn't a problem in northwestern Minnesota. In sparsely populated areas, precipitation was naturally absorbed into the loose, un-compacted soil, which contained microbes and plant systems that filtered out pollutants before the water moved down into the water table below. But as communities such as Detroit Lakes became increasingly urbanized, the amount of impervious (i.e., impenetrable to moisture) surfaces also increased dramatically.
Since March of 1969, the Otter Tail Wadena Community Action Council has been offering a Family Planning program. "We have been providing services to Detroit Lakes area patients for many years, through our Perham office," said Cyndy Rastedt, R.N., who is a member of the OTWCAC Family Planning staff. Among those services are medical examinations for men and women; education and counseling on risk reduction and contraception (as related to sexual responsibility); choice of contraceptives; and testing for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. "Our purpose is to provide accessible, f
Since Rollie Oelfke retired as chief jailer from the Becker County Sheriff's Department last November, the position has remained unfilled. With the action taken by the County Board of Commissioners this past Tuesday, Oelfke officially became the last person who would ever hold that position. The board voted unanimously to approve a request from County Sheriff Tim Gordon to eliminate the chief jailer's post and replace it with a new position -- a corrections administrator. "Rollie did a wonderful job," Gordon noted in an interview later that morning.