Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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A career in the military isn't for everyone, but it was "the right stuff" for Detroit Lakes native Brian K. Johnson -- up until about a month ago, that is. Johnson retired Oct. 1 after 24 years with the U.S. Army, having attained the rank of sergeant first class (SFC). He enlisted right out of high school. "I had talked to the recruiter a couple of times during my senior year, and signed the delayed entry (enlistment form) just as I was about to graduate," Johnson said. "It was just one of those things...
There were few surprises in area city elections on Tuesday, as incumbents carried the day in most of the races. Audubon A total of 306 voters went to the polls in the City of Audubon, and the results were good news for former city clerk Carol Bergerson, who was the top vote-getter in the race for City Council. Bergerson received a total of 104 votes (34 percent) while incumbent Gary Bakken was also successful in his bid for re-election, with 72 votes (23.5 percent). "It feels really good, but at the same time I'm really humbled that people put that much faith in me," Bergerson sa
Need something to do while your spouse is out deer hunting this weekend? The Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes is once again hosting its popular Deer Hunting Weekend Comedy Show this Friday, Nov.
With seven candidates seeking to fill four positions on the Lake Park-Audubon School Board at Tuesday's general elections, voting was very close, as the first and last place finishers were separated by just 4 percent of the vote. Incumbent board member Vicky Grondahl topped the polls with 981 votes, narrowly edging newcomer Rich Veit, who finished with 968 votes, for the top spot in the polls. They each received 16 percent of the 6,136 total ballots cast.
A total of 306 voters went to the polls in the City of Audubon on Tuesday, and the results were good news for former city clerk Carol Bergerson, who was the top vote-getter in the race for City Council. Bergerson received a total of 104 votes (34 percent) while incumbent Gary Bakken was also successful in his bid for re-election, with 72 votes (23.5 percent). "It feels really good, but at the same time I'm really humbled that people put that much faith in me," Bergerson said. "I will try not to disappoint them. "I'm looking forward to working with the council," she added.
An upward trend in the number of Hepatitis C cases reported in Becker and Mahnomen counties this year has drawn the attention of the Minnesota Department of Health. Ronda Stock, Becker County Community Health supervisor, said that 15 new cases of Hepatitis C had been reported in the two counties this year through the end of September, which is what prompted state public health officials to investigate. The number of Hepatitis C cases reported in this "cluster" area has been on the rise since 2008, with 44 cases currently identified -- and there may be more going unreported, Stock said.
This Tuesday, voters in the Wolf Lake City Council elections will have four candidates to choose from to fill two council seats, while incumbent Mayor Cornell Ylitalo was the lone candidate to file for that position. In the council race, incumbents John Aho and Janelle Lake will be facing off against challengers Penny Longfors and Jana Marjamaa. To help voters in making their election decision, the Becker County Record attempted to inter-view all four candidates about their background and views on current municipal issues. Unfortunately, only Aho and Lake responded; attempts to reach Lon
Voters in the Lake Park City Council elections will have three candidates to choose from on Tuesday. Incumbent Martin Pepper has filed for re-election. He will be challenged by Aaron Wittnebel and Jon B. Anderson, who are each seeking their first term on the council.
This Tuesday, voters in the Audubon City Council elections will have five candidates to choose from to fill two council seats, while incumbent Mayor Terry Johnson was the lone candidate to file for that position. In the council race, incumbent Gary Bakken will be seeking re-election, but he will be challenged by Donald Holm, Bob Renney, Carol Bergerson and Jason Leucuta, all of whom are seeking their first term on the council. Here is a look at the council candidates and their views on various municipal issues: Gary Bakken, incumbent Bakken, 64, is married with one daughter.
Four incumbents and three challengers will be on the ballot for Lake Park-Audubon School Board when district voters go to the polls on Tuesday. Incumbents Rick Ellsworth, Vicky Grondahl, Michael McIntire and Jeff Swetland are all seeking re-election.