Nathan Bowe / Forum News Service
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A Detroit Lakes veteran is hopeful he may be allowed to stay in his rented home after all. Brian Fraser, 59, says he and his landlord, Laurel Carlson, have found several witnesses to help make their case that the house at 327 Elizabeth St. should be "grandfathered-in" because it was being used as a rental unit before a 1968 city zoning ordinance.
An ATV crash early Tuesday morning in Becker County has left one man dead and another injured, according to the Becker County Sheriff's Office. Anthony Robert Ortiz Sr., 47, of Soap Lake, Wash., died at the scene after the side-by-side ATV he was driving rolled over on South Elbow Lake Road in Round Lake Township.
Terry Tibbetts won more than 65 percent of the vote Tuesday to become the next chairman of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. He defeated Mindy Iverson 1,279 votes to 674 votes, or 65 percent to 35 percent. “I’ll be the hardest working, most honest and thorough chairman that we’ve seen for years,” Tibbetts said. He thanked his supporters and campaign workers, singling out “Moss” Tibbetts, a nephew who worked hard on his campaign and “is like a son to me,” he said. “This was done for my tribal members, my brothers and sisters, my Anishinaabe people,” he said.
When Fred Seybert’s Norwegian grandfather and German grandmother met in Ponsford, the stage was set for two beautiful Gothic-style twin barns to be born – one in 1947 and the other is being built right now. Seybert, a retired school superintendent, spent his boyhood summers milking cows in his grandparent’s original German-style barn, with its eight-foot walls of concrete block and huge wooden arched hayloft.
For more than 20 years, Erma Vizenor has been a force to be reckoned with on the White Earth Reservation. From the early 1990s, when she was a prominent member of the group that brought down the Chip Wadena-led government, to a few weeks ago, when she was forced by her political enemies to resign the tribal chairwoman’s office, Vizenor has been in the thick of the action.
Longtime activist Winona LaDuke plans to run for White Earth tribal chairwoman at the next opportunity, and says there are four key issues to her campaign. “I’ve worked nationally trying to do my best for a lot of years,” she said. “Now’s the time to step forward — our tribe needs to flourish.” Her No. 1 priority is to improve the tribal economy. “We need local businesses, we need local employment,” she said. “One hundred and fifty years ago we were feeding your people,” she said to a reporter. “We’re not now.” No.
The Heartland Trail extension project between Detroit Lakes and Frazee has been divided into three segments – Frazee to Acorn Lake, Acorn Lake by itself, and Detroit Lakes to Acorn Lake. Design on all three components are ongoing, and construction could start next year, said Kent Skaar, the DNR parks and trails acquisition and development section leader who is overseeing the project.