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Detroit Lakes. Minn.—A man died Saturday evening at Long Bridge while trying to save his 3-year-old child, who had fallen from the bridge into the lake water below. The drowning victim has been identified as Christopher Franklin Nicholas Schultz, 31, of Frazee. The child was brought to shore by bystanders, according to a news release from Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander. Law enforcement officers towing boats, firefighters and emergency medical workers rushed to Long Bridge after the Sheriff's Office received a report at 8:22 p.m. of a possible drowning at Long Bridge at Dead Shot Bay.
Waubun firefighters now have the tools to prevent a farmer from sinking to his or her death in a grain elevator. Any rescued farmer could thank a $3,400 matching grant from the farmer-owned CHS cooperative elevator in Mahnomen. The money was used recently by the Waubun Fire Department Relief Association to buy grain rescue tubes for the local volunteer fire department. The tubes come in sections and are pounded down around the person sinking into the grain.
The site of a proposed regional park near Frazee was once the location of one of the largest sawmills of its kind in the nation. And the covered bridge on the site was originally connected to the dam and sawmill operation there. The city of Frazee, in fact, was named after Randolph L. Frazee, who owned the first big lumber mill there and also platted the original townsite.
Perhaps not surprisingly, two area lawmakers, a Democrat and a Republican, have completely different takes on the recent legislative session. A $500 million bonding bill that included $3 million for the new Becker County Museum was in the works this session, but fell apart in the Minnesota House, said DFL state Sen. Kent Eken of Twin Valley, whose district includes Detroit Lakes, the Cormorant area and most of Clay and Norman counties.
Brent Gish took over 29 percent of the vote and Michael Fairbanks collected nearly 22 percent, squeaking by Tara Mason by seven votes to win second place in a crowded special white Earth primary election Tuesday. If the preliminary results hold, that means Gish (who received 523 votes) will take on Fairbanks (who received 391 votes) in the special general election Aug. 6. The winner will fill out the one year remaining in the term of Tribal Chairman Terry Tibbetts, who died in March.
That rarest of political events — compromise — blossomed this year in the Minnesota Legislature, and it will bear fruit for this area. Here are some examples: The first new tax bill in five years was approved by the Republican-led Senate and the DFL-led House, and is expected to be signed by DFL Gov. Tim Walz. Local impact
Fifteen candidates will compete in a primary election Tuesday for White Earth tribal chairperson. If a candidate receives more than half the votes, he or she is elected tribal chair. If no candidates receive 50 percent, the top two vote-getters will go on to compete in the general election on Aug. 6. (Twelve candidates submitted profiles to the tribal Anishinaabeg Today newspaper, and those profiles are linked at the bottom of this story and posted on the DL-Online website.)
An attorney for Detroit Lakes Police Sgt. Robert Strand has notified the city of his intent to filed a civil suit against the city in federal court. Strand's attorney, Robert Fowler, is general counsel for the Minnesota Public Employees Association — the union that represents sergeants in the Detroit Lakes Police Department.
Becker County will receive a 2018 dividend of nearly $167,000 from its insurance trust, thanks to fewer property and casualty claims across the system and fewer workers' compensation claims by Becker County workers. "With standard insurance companies, that dividend would go to stock-holders, you wouldn't get that ($166,966) back," said Don Daraskevich, risk management consultant for the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust.
A new regional park just north of Frazee came a step closer to reality Tuesday when the Becker County Board agreed to let Economic Development Coordinator Guy Fischer apply for state Legacy grant funding to purchase the property. "I bought this property to help protect it against further development and ensure that it had a fighting chance to become a city, regional or state park," said owner Greg Ness in a letter to Frazee City Administrator Denise Anderson.