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Because of the partial government shutdown, the Becker County Housing Authority had to scramble to make sure landlords got paid this month for renters in the subsidized Section 8 housing program. The Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corp. is contracted to run the county housing program, which receives federal Housing and Urban Development funding for the 74 families in its Section 8 housing voucher program.
Nothing says fun in the February sun like women in bikinis racing snowmobiles across a frozen Minnesota lake. That's right, the Bikini Radar Run for Breast Cancer ("Freezin' for a Reason") is coming to Detroit Lakes. Perhaps a half-dozen women, and maybe a few men in their boxers, will brave the cold to participate in the fund-raiser at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 near the West Lake Drive public access on Little Detroit Lake. Organizer Jolene Beiswenger said she is teaming up with the Ultra Snowmobile Club to hold the Bikini Radar Run.
After conducting second interviews with three finalists in person on Thursday, the Becker County Board has offered the position of county administrator to Mike Brethorst, who is currently city administrator of Melrose, Minn. The offer will be finalized at the upcoming board meeting on Jan. 22, according to County Board Chairman John Okeson. Brethorst has served as city administrator of Melrose since 2011. Prior to that, he was administrative officer/supervisor health system specialist at the Fargo Veteran Affairs Medical Center from 2008 to 2011.
Through good times and bad, for half a century, Jim and Eileen Griffnow have raised hardy, gentle Hereford beef cattle on their farm 12 miles east of Detroit Lakes off Highway 34. Even when beef prices were low, as they are now, they never gave up — just continued culling and managing their herd, always keeping the best animals and improving the stock.
Cook County Administrator Jeffrey Cadwell was interviewed Tuesday by Becker County commissioners for the county administrator opening at Becker County. He has been Cook County administrator since 2015, and before that served as city administrator for Mahnomen from 2012 to 2015 and city administrator for Browns Valley from 2010 to 2012. Cadwell said his greatest professional accomplishment at Cook County occurred in July, when when two key department heads left within two weeks.
Elected Becker County officials were sworn into office Tuesday prior to the county board meeting at the courthouse. District Judge Jay Carlson administered the oath of office. Sworn in to new four-year terms were commissioners Larry Knutson and Ben Grimsley, Sheriff Todd Glander, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, and Recorder Patricia Swenson. Sworn in prior to the start of the new year were Auditor-Treasurer Mary Hendrickson and County Attorney Brian McDonald.
Supporters of the Line 3 replacement project hand-delivered a letter Thursday morning signed by more than 2,500 people and organizations who represent thousands of members across Minnesota. The letter asks Gov. Walz to withdraw the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s appeal of the PUC approval of Line 3 and asks him to direct state agencies to complete their work to finalize permits allowing construction work to start this year.
It's not too late to get insured for 2019. Open enrollment ends this Sunday, Jan. 13. Get covered for peace of mind. Health insurance plans available on MNsure.org cover pre-existing conditions, and protect your wallet in case of an unexpected illness or accident. Medical bills can add up fast without it.
Several people were honored Tuesday at the county board meeting with Life Saver awards from the Becker County Sheriff's Office. The first incident was reported at 7:36 a.m. on Sept. 16, when the Becker County Sheriff's Office received a report of a motor vehicle crash on County Road 29, about a mile north of Frazee.
How does the federal government shutdown affect U.S. Fish & Wildlife property in the Becker County area? Basically, the buildings are closed, but federal land remains open for public use. Because of the shutdown, most Fish & Wildlife employees have been furloughed at Tamarac and Hamden Slough national wildlife refuges, and at the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District.