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Last summer, the Becker County Board of Commissioners established an intradepartmental steering committee, with one purpose: to facilitate the development of a countywide recreational plan. The purpose of the plan was fourfold: To create a vision for the future; take stock of the county's current recreational inventory and promote it; identify new recreational opportunities; and develop an ongoing decision-making process for the evaluation of those recreational opportunities. Since then, the committee has been working diligently to develop not only a written plan, but a comprehensive recre
AUDUBON -- Will residents of the Audubon Mobile Home Park embrace the possibility of becoming a resident-owned cooperative? In order to realize that possibility, the majority of the residents will need to make a commitment toward becoming a part of the cooperative, said representatives from the Northcountry Cooperative Foundation (NCF) in a meeting with Audubon city officials on Monday. NCF is a 501c3 nonprofit, based in Minneapolis, whose primary focus is on converting manufactured home communities into resident-owned cooperatives.
Sentence to Service (STS) programs across Minnesota took a big hit in state funding this year. Some counties lost as much as 75 percent of their funding for crew leaders, equipment and fuel costs. Fortunately, said Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon, "we're in a little different position." Becker County only saw a reduction of about 25 percent, Gordon added. And with the program bringing in just a little under $300,000 in revenue annually, from boarding of state prisoners who are working out their STS requirements locally, the bottom line is actually pretty healthy, said Gordon. "What
The Audubon Mobile Home Park may soon become a resident-owned manufactured home cooperative. Starting this Monday, April 19, a series of three meetings will be held to discuss the future of the trailer park, according to Guy Fischer, housing and economic development coordinator for Becker County. The county's Economic Development Authority (EDA) is working with the City of Audubon and Audubon EDA to obtain a $2,400 grant from West Central Initiative to explore future options for the trailer park, which is currently for sale. The grant would come from WCI's "Community Organizing and Visio
Though the filing period for this year's Becker County elections won't open for another month, incumbent District 4 Commissioner John Bellefeuille has already indicated that he will seek a second four-year term in office. He will not, however, be running for re-election to his current seat. The reason?
Starting next Monday, April 19, there will be a new office across the hall from the Veterans Service Office at the Becker County Courthouse. This Tuesday, the county board approved a resolution authorizing the establishment of a Minnesota Military Family Assistance Center (FAC) in the courthouse. The office will be staffed by Mark Sjostrom, the new FAC specialist assigned to Detroit Lakes. Becker County Veterans Service Officer Lauri Brooke was at Tuesday's board meeting to make a formal request to set up the new FAC office. In 2009, Brooke said, her office saw 2,650 veterans come thro
With the opinions of commissioners still divided over whether Becker County should be involved in the proposed redevelopment of the Detroit Mountain Ski Area property into a year-round recreation area, the county board has decided to adopt a "wait and see" attitude for the next few weeks. More specifically, they're awaiting the outcome of a feasibility study that's been undertaken by the Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, Inc., the non-profit group formed for the purpose of developing recreational opportunities at the Detroit Mountain site. The DMRA has been given a May 1 deadline for compl
Three years ago, to commemorate the Minnesota State Sesquicentennial, Detroit Lakes was one of several cities in the state chosen to be Capital for a Day. On that day in May 2008, a community picnic was held. Though it was intended to be a one-time-only event, it was so successful that Detroit Lakes Mayor Matt Brenk decided last year that it would become an annual celebration -- and a new community tradition, Parkfest, was born. The second annual Parkfest celebration is slated to take place Thursday, May 13 at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion.
LAKE PARK -- A long-standing streak at Lake Park-Audubon High School is about to get a little longer. For the eighth year in a row, the LP-A Knowledge Bowl Team has earned a slot in the state tournament, which takes place this Thursday and Friday, April 15-16 at Cragun's Resort in Brainerd. "This is the eighth consecutive year we've been able to earn our way to the state tournament," said Knowledge Bowl coach Laureen Svobodny. "That's the beginning of a nice tradition." It's not a tradition that's easy to uphold, however.
Though attendance at Thursday's focus group meeting was lower than some of the previous public meetings on the development project, Detroit Mountain Recreation Area board members felt it served their purpose. About 30 people showed up for the Thursday night meeting at Minnesota State Community & Technical College in Detroit Lakes. "We would like to have seen a few more," said Jeff Staley, president of Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, Inc., the nonprofit organization formed to help develop the project.