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While it's not exactly clear sailing, it's at least choppy sailing for the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline replacement project, which got the go-ahead in June from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Construction is expected to start early next year, and the pipeline is expected to be up and running by the end of the year.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — No criminal charges will be filed against Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steven Todd for grabbing a 12-year-old boy by the neck at Washington Ballpark this summer. On June 20, Todd mistakenly thought the boy was trying to steal his Trek mountain bike after it was knocked over on a grandstand ramp and the boy tried to pick it up. Todd, who was off duty and wearing a sports shirt, rode his bike to the ballpark to watch the baseball game between Detroit Lakes and Hawley.
FRAZEE, Minn.—From the time he was a little boy, Kyle Quittschreiber knew he wanted to be a conservation officer with the Minnesota DNR. "My dad was taking him fishing when he was really young, and a game warden stopped by to talk to them — ever since then he told everyone 'that's what I'm going to do,'" said his sister, Kayla Quittschreiber. And why not? The boy took to the outdoors like a duck to water. "He loved to be fishing and hunting — anything outdoors," Kayla said. "If he was in a deer stand, he was happy."
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—The White Earth Tribal council voted 3-2 Friday, May 18, to exonerate Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason, who was censured earlier this year by a vote of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Executive Committee. The Minnesota Chippewa TEC voted 5-4 on March 8 to censure Mason, while exonerating Tribal Chairman Terry Tibbetts. The two had filed dueling complaints, each seeking to have the other censured.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—The Pavilion on the Detroit Lakes city beach has been around for over 100 years — hosting summer dances on its big wooden dance floor. Now the city-owned building is a popular venue for wedding dances on summer weekends. In 2006, money was raised to restore the dance floor and renovate the building. But because of poor drainage and building movement due to saturated soil and frost heaves, the Pavilion continues to be an ongoing maintenance problem for the city.
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.