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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Justin Oelfke of Frazee, Minn., is recuperating and doing well after the whirlwind process of sudden notification, the rushed drive to Mayo Clinic, hours of testing to ensure the donor was a safe match, and nearly five hours of surgery that came with an unexpected kidney transplant. The whole thing seemed kind of like a dream: Oelfke desperately needed a new kidney, but he has rare Type O-positive blood and there didn't seem to be much hope on the horizon. The waiting list for his blood type is three to five years, according to his fiance, Jamie Larson.
Score a win for Brian Winczewski, who lives next door to the Osage Sportman's Club and has successfully challenged the decision of the Becker County Board to grant the club a conditional use permit (CUP). It's not clear how the county will respond. No decision was made by the county board after it met in closed sessions with its legal team on Tuesday, said County Administrator Jack Ingstad, although county staff did tour the Sportsman's Club site with the county's attorney after the meeting.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The Humane Society of the Lakes in Detroit Lakes has opened its doors to dogs from Texas, opening up some room at Texas animal shelters for pets separated from their owners by the Hurricane Harvey disaster that flooded large parts of Houston and other Texas communities.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Darcy Savig of Audubon got a shock to the system on Tuesday when he discovered his beloved 1969 Mercury Cougar had been stolen and had crashed after a high speed chase with the Minnesota State Patrol. "I bought it when I graduated from high school in 1988," he said. "Over the years I've restored it inside and done other stuff to it."
The "Tobacco 21" push to get city councils in Detroit Lakes, Frazee and Perham to raise the tobacco-sale age to 21 is part of a nationwide effort to prevent young people from getting hooked on tobacco. Although it's been tough sledding in Minnesota (the Legislature shot it down last session and only two cities—Edina and St. Louis Park—have approved it so far) the measure has had more success elsewhere.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—It was a decision heard around the region. The controversy that erupted from the Detroit Lakes City Council's decision to revoke a rental registration, which essentially will force a disabled veteran from his home, stems from the city putting a renewed focus on rental units getting into compliance with zoning and coding laws.
In a move that would impact Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids and other small Minnesota cities, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), has introduced bipartisan legislation to boost the number of doctors able to work in rural areas. The Conrad State 30 & Physician Access Act would allow more international doctors to remain in the U.S. after completing their residency, under the condition that they practice in underserved areas, such as rural communities.
OGEMA, Minn.—An Ogema man under investigation for the starving death of three horses in his care has a GoFundMe site seeking $10,000 to create a "family horse rescue ranch." Michael E. Dahl, a White Earth spiritual leader and Ojibwe teacher at Detroit Lakes High School, set up the still-active Go-Fund-Me site on Sept. 25, 2015 and has so far received donations of $841 towards his $10,000 goal.
The chances of a special session in Minnesota slipped away in the dust of political battle Friday, leaving behind the corpses of tax relief for the middle class, a bonding bill to keep state buildings in good repair, and health insurance relief for those hit by sky-high MNsure premiums. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican Kurt Daudt, speaker of the Minnesota House, held dueling press conferences Friday, Dec. 16, each casting blame on the other.
Here's the scenario: A tornado hits the old Pine Point School during the weekly Bingo game. Two cars are left smashed close to the front door, which is blocked. A live power line blocks the route in for emergency vehicles. There are injured people in the cars and distraught relatives trying to get to them. More people are trapped in rubble inside the building. There's a partial natural gas leak in the building, and using tools to break in the front door could spark an explosion.