Michael David Annette Jr., 32, of Minneapolis has been charged in Becker County District Court with two felony counts of domestic assault. According to court records, on Dec. 24, officers were dispatched to a residence in rural Becker County on the report of a man breaking things in the house. Officers found multiple items strewn on the floor, including a microwave oven and a sewing machine. Annette was allegedly very intoxicated and kept saying that nothing happened and he loved his mother.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that many Farm Service Agency offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. That includes FSA offices in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead, Bemidji, Little Falls, Crookston and Thief River Falls, among others.
Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend is this Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21. During the weekend, Minnesota residents aged 16 or older can fish or dark-house spear without an angling or spearing license if they take a child younger than 16 fishing or spearing. "This weekend is a way to encourage anglers to take a kid fishing," said Jeff Ledermann, education and skills team supervisor with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "Ice fishing is a great way to get outdoors in winter."
The Naytahwaush Nightriders Snowmobile Club will hold their 15th annual Hospice Ride on Feb. 2-3. The snowmobile ride is open to the public, and there is no cost to participate. Riders are asked to gather pledges to benefit Hospice of the Red River Valley. Register for the ride by contacting Tom McArthur at 218-935-5855 or email@example.com .
Benjamin James Birch, 24, of New York Mills has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a gross misdemeanor charge of criminal vehicular operation. Two felony counts of criminal vehicular operation, along with a gross misdemeanor DWI charge, were dropped in a plea agreement. According to court records, on June 30 Detroit Lakes police officers responded to a complaint about an apparent drunk driver in a white pickup truck, who had backed into a parked vehicle, pushing it into another vehicle, and then hit a female pedestrian in Peoples Park and left the scene.
Serious drug charges have been dropped against Craig Steven Jackson Jr., 35, of rural Ogema, in Becker County District Court because he has been charged in federal court, which carries a higher potential penalty. Jackson was charged in Becker County District Court with felony first-degree controlled substance crime for possessing more than 25 grams of heroin and felony second-degree controlled substance crime for possessing more than 25 grams of cocaine.
Guy Anthony Keezer Jr., 33, of Frazee has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony theft and felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. According to court records, on Dec. 30, a Becker County deputy received a report of a red Subaru stolen in White Earth village. The reporting party said Keezer jumped into the driver's seat and told her he was going to steal the vehicle. A short time later, law enforcement received a report of a red Subaru leaving the Richwood Store without paying for gasoline.
Detroit Lakes Publisher Melissa Swenson is expanding her role to serve as a regional publisher that will include Perham and Wadena. Swenson has been with Forum Communications Company since October of 1999 when she was hired as the Regional Marketing Director in the Lakes Group Division. She then went on to become the Publisher of the Perham Focus and eventually the Wadena Pioneer Journal. In July of 2016 she was named Publisher of the Detroit Lakes Tribune.
Barris Duane Guy, also known as Barris Duane Green, 32, of Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and felony receiving stolen property. According to court records, on Dec. 30, a Detroit Lakes police officer received a report of a vehicle, allegedly driven by Guy, being involved in two road rage incidents earlier in the day. The officer located the vehicle and started to follow it. The vehicle allegedly sped up to 87 mph on County Road 21 (Richwood Road).
Richard Anthony Balsimo, 32, of St. Paul has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime. According to court records, on Dec. 29, as he was being released from the Becker County Jail, a correctional officer allegedly saw a small baggie of meth fall out of his shoe. It weighed .65 grams with packaging. On Jan. 4, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony issued a warrant for his arrest.