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The K-12 Circle of Life Academy in White Earth faces unverified test scores and a $1.1 million budget deficit that could have forced the school to close, if not for a $1.3 million cash infusion from the tribal general fund, according to a news release from the White Earth Tribal Council. Interim Circle of Life Academy Superintendent Jenna Leadbetter informed the Tribal Council about the problems at the school. Brent Gish, who has extensive experience in Indian education, is helping Leadbetter sort through the school's financial affairs.
The Detroit Lakes area got hit with 13 to 16 inches of heavy, wet snow over the weekend, on top of 54 inches of snow through February, according to the National Weather Service in Grand Forks — leaving local homeowners and business managers wondering if they need to clear the snow off the roof. The question was sharpened by partial roof collapses at a half-dozen businesses and a church in Fargo-Moorhead and Perham.
Baer Trucking is continuing to operate, after an overnight fire destroyed its 75-foot by 100-foot shop off Highway 10 a few miles east of Lake Park. "What trucks we have left are on the road," said Shelley Ullrich, who owns the business with her husband, Curt. "We're continuing with the business," she added, "our employees are doing their best to keep on going." Since 1989, Bear Trucking has delivered sunflower hulls and shavings to turkey and chicken farmers for poultry bedding.
The man accused of firing the shot that took the life of former Lake Park Police Chief Jay Nelson appeared at a hearing Monday in Becker County District Court. Morris Silas Dodd Jr., 54, of rural Ogema faces one count of second-degree manslaughter and a second count of felony possession of a firearm. His attorneys asked District Judge Jay Carlson for a continuance to give the defense more time to go through the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension report, the medical examiners report, search warrant documents and DNA evidence.
St. Paul, MN : The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is encouraging farmers to take part in its annual pesticide and fertilizer use survey. This year the phone survey is directed at wheat and hay growers. The data helps the MDA track the use of agricultural chemicals on Minnesota farms and provides guidance to educational and research programs.
You'd think it would be a simple matter to build a $2.75 billion, 30-mile flood diversion ditch around the Fargo-Moorhead area, but turns out it's kind of complicated. The latest leak in the plumbing is a 3-2 vote by the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District Board, giving the go-ahead to officially contest a 54-condition permit issued in December by the Minnesota DNR.
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson honored Vietnam War-era veterans and listened to concerns voiced by some of the 40-some military veterans at a meeting this morning (Saturday) at Detroit Lakes city hall. Peterson, who chairs the House Agriculture Committee, has now joined the House Veterans Affairs Committee as well, with an immediate goal of pushing through funding for the construction of new veterans homes in Bemidji and Montevideo.
Part furniture-maker, part artist, Terry Birkeland has a good thing going in his shop on Highway 10 a mile or two south of Frazee. Kept company by two friendly hunting dogs and a playful Siamese cat (who showed up at his shop door last year as a kitten) for the past few years he has been making cedar log furniture, as well as furniture and signs from red oak and pine. He's working on a bench made from old rustic pine, and thick slabs of black walnut are stacked and waiting for a customer to pick up.
A White Earth investigative entity is hoping the band can file an insurance claim to recover up to $1 million of the $5.8 million that band says was spent on the now-defunct Star Lake Casino project. The Other Government Project, an investigatory committee set up by the White Earth Tribal Council, recommended the possible insurance claim as part of a plan of action to be considered in regards to the Star Lake Casino project. The Tribal Council is holding a work session today (Thursday).
Through no fault of its own, the Becker County Sheriff's Office finds itself behind on its rotation of buying new squad cars. The sheriff's office received approval from the Becker County Board to order five new 2018 Ford Police Interceptor SUV squad cars, and the order was placed with Ford of Hibbing, Minn., in May of 2018. When the sheriff's office called to check on the order, it found Becker County had been bumped from the 2018 squads to the 2019 models, and would have to wait.