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.
A felony charge of receiving stolen property has been dropped against Bailey Rose Boulduc, 30, of Fargo in Becker County District Court. According to court records, on May 7 she drove a stolen vehicle from Fargo to Orton's convenience store in Audubun. She had paid $1,500 for the car, received the title, and wanted $1,500 from the owner before she would turn the car over to him.
Tyson James Keezer, 23, of rural Waubun has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony third-degree controlled substance charge. According to court records, on Sept. 16, 2016, an agent with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force was informed that a confidential reliable informant had arranged to buy heroin from Keezer. Keezer sold a fifth of a gram of heroin. On Jan. 2, he appeared before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who sentenced him to 21 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed 20 years.
Serious drug charges have been dropped against Dawn Lee Kier, 46, of Mahnomen, in Becker County District Court because she has been charged in federal court, which carries a higher potential penalty. Kier 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.
Judy Lynn Libby, 45, of Shakopee has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of depriving a parent of parental rights. According to court records, in December of 2014, a runaway girl spent a week at her home in Becker County with her and her son, who was in a relationship with the girl.
Nicole Marie Blackburde, 29, of Frazee has been sentenced to prison for her role in cashing a forged check in Detroit Lakes. She was charged in Becker County District Court with felony check forgery. A second felony charge and a gross misdemeanor charge of check forgery were dropped in a plea agreement.
Recent births at Essentia Health St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes
Hunters had expanded opportunities to harvest elk this past year after the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offered more permits, a variety of permit types and a different season structure in one of the hunt zones. The DNR issued a total of 22 permits — 16 antlerless, four either-sex and two bull licenses. Hunters filled 17 of the 22 permits by harvesting five bulls and 12 cows in two zones in Kittson County.