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DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—A large Lake Region Electric Cooperative power outage in the Lake Eunice area south of Detroit Lakes left more than 2,000 households without power Thursday evening in frigid, below zero weather and also left skiers stuck on stalled ski lifts at Detroit Mountain. The outage in the 8 below zero weather also affected a large area around Detroit Lakes, according to Wild Rice Electric Cooperative, including The Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, which had to take emergency action to get the ski lifts moving again.
White Earth Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason is off the hook. An attempt by White Earth Tribal Chairman Terry Tibbetts to censure her fell flat Wednesday, when the Minnesota Chippewa Tribal Executive Committee voted 3-1 to exonerate her, determining that Mason did not violate provisions of the MCT Constitution. Tibbetts cast the only vote in favor of censure. Six TEC members voted "silent," which essentially means they abstained from voting.
A Detroit Lakes man must pay back $55,000 for bilking an elderly Hubbard County woman out of tens of thousands of dollars through overbilling for tree removal, roofing and riprap work. Dale Ray Tyge, 62, of Detroit Lakes was originally charged in Hubbard County District Court with felony theft by swindle and felony financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Tyge could not be reached for comment and his attorney, Simon George of Detroit Lakes, had no comment.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Tim Miller is fighting to win the Republican endorsement to take on longtime Democrat Collin Peterson for a seat in the U.S. House. He hopes to use his experience as a small business owner, Army veteran and state representative (specializing in agricultural issues) to drive policy that will help rural Minnesota. If elected, he wants to "do more to grow the nation's agriculture industry, but also diversify and invest to create higher-paying jobs, improve education by getting government out of the way and allow for more choice."
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.