Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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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 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.
For 21 years now, Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Malachy McCarthy, a Detroit Lakes native, has been keeping the highways and byways of the Rochester district safe for motorists. In 2007 alone, McCarthy stopped 5,354 motorists and issued 837 citations, 601 for speeding, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Detroit Lakes resident Muriel Aarnes was born on April 25, 1916 in the small town of Gully, Minn. In the 92 years since, she has seen many rare and wonderful things. But few have been as startling as the sight that greeted her outside her window when she awoke on her birthday this year: There was snow, and lots of it. "It's never snowed on my birthday before," Muriel exclaimed earlier this week.
The new Business and Entrepreneurial Services Center at Minnesota State Community & Technical College in Detroit Lakes is "open and ready for business," says Patty Heath Gordon, director of the BES program. The program is currently accepting applicants for summer and fall courses. Beginning this fall, the college will begin offering an associate of applied sciences degree program in business entrepeneurship. "It's a two-year degree program, intended for employment," Gordon noted.
In a public hearing that lasted roughly five hours, the seven candidates who filed a Written Notice of Contest protesting the White Earth primary election of April 1 were given an opportunity to present their case to the Honorable Margaret Treuer of Bemidji. At the hearing, held April 14 at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, the contesters -- including Marvin Manypenny, Leonard Potter, Darrell Boone Wadena, Patric Scott Sr., Tim St. Claire, Raymond Bellcourt and Anthony Wadena, Sr.
For the fifth time since the 2002 Farm Bill expired in September, the deadline for federal legislators to reach an agreement on the 2007 Farm Bill has been extended until this Friday, May 2. But despite President George Bush's expressed opposition to further extensions, Senator Norm Coleman said Thursday that he feels passage of the new legislation is important. "President Bush is opposed to another extension, but I disagree with that," Coleman said in a telephone interview from his office in Washington, D.C.
Once every year, since 2002, the United Way of Becker County has held a special luncheon to celebrate the area's "everyday heroes." The Celebration of Heroes Luncheon also honors area rescue workers, firefighters and law enforcement officers, as well as those serving in the U.S.
The new addition to the Becker County Courthouse is on track to be up and running by the end of May, according to County Administrator Brian Berg. "We are planning to start installing furniture on the upper floors the week of May 19," he said Tuesday. Information technology hookups would be made the following week, with the courts tentatively set to begin moving in on May 28-30, Berg added. The County Board of Commissioners approved some final construction change orders and bids at Tuesday's meeting of the Becker County Board of Commissioners.
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health confirmed Tuesday that two cows on a Becker County farm died last week of anthrax, the first anthrax cases in 2008. Dr. Randy Lindeman, Frazee, who is the district veterinarian for the Board of Animal Health, said in a telephone interview that the infected herd was "in southwest Becker County," but declined to pinpoint the exact location. After the dead cows were discovered on pasture, a blood sample was collected and sent to the North Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fargo.