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As usual, WE Fest kept law enforcement officers busy this year. Citations issued by the Becker County Sheriff's Office at WE Fest include 23 minor consumption, seven disorderly conduct, three fleeing a peace officer, one trespassing and one theft of services.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A Detroit Lakes Navy veteran is making good progress on bringing his rental home up to code by a city-imposed Dec. 31 deadline. "I've got to paint the trim, basically that's all that's left," said Brian Fraser, who lives at 327 Elizabeth Avenue. He said the property's owner, Laurel Carlson, is also making good progress on upgrades needed in a separate rental unit in the basement of her home at 325 Elizabeth Street. Fraser's home, which has its own address, is located in Carlson's back yard and opens onto the alley.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Detroit Lakes city officials were taken by surprise when Zorbaz canceled its live music indefinitely after being sanctioned for violating the noise ordinance. "It's untrue that the city told Zorbaz it can't have live music anymore," said City Administrator Kelcey Klemm, in response to Internet rumors and petitions.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Hospice of the Red River Valley basically flunked pain management in the first Hospice Compare report card put out by Medicare, but the executive director there said the poor grade was due to glitches in the self-reporting system, and does not reflect the actual care given. Only 16.6 percent of patients at Hospice of the Red River Valley got a timely and thorough pain assessment when pain was identified as a problem, according to the Hospice Compare website at Medicare.gov. The national average was 77.7 percent.
PONSFORD, Minn. — Fifty years ago, Howard Maninga of rural Ponsford went to fight in Vietnam as a young Marine. He came back, but he brought Vietnam with him. "I went into Vietnam in '67," says Maninga, now age 69. "When I got home, I couldn't get married unless my dad signed off on it — I was too young." He fought in the battle of Guay, and spent 10½ months in Vietnam, fighting the Viet Cong, North Vietnamese, and at times, the Chinese, he said. Most of the time, he carried the "The Law," an M79 shoulder-fired grenade launcher.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. — White Earth Nation has spent about $7 million so far on the proposed Star Lake Casino project, Tribal Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason said at a meeting with tribal members. Expenses for the Star Lake Casino include land acquisition, buying wetland credits and architectural, planning and environmental fees. Some of the money spent so far includes intermingled architectural fees for the existing White Earth casino between Ebro and Bagley. The same design, on a larger scale, will be used at Star Lake, if the project is approved.
PERHAM, Minn.—After a rough start, the Perham Resource Recovery Facility, once known as the Perham incinerator, is getting onto solid financial ground. Last April, Becker County had to kick in an unexpected, unbudgeted $200,000, it's share of an incinerator bond payment that the joint powers facility was too broke to make on its own. The "dirty mixed-waste processing facility" takes in truckloads of raw garbage from Becker, Otter Tail, Clay, Todd and Wadena counties and runs it through a system of conveyor belts and centrifugal force cylinders.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has removed Animal Welfare Act inspection reports from its website. That's bad news for puppies being raised in large breeding facilities, research animals, and animal performers at roadside zoos and circuses. The action was taken just two weeks into the Donald Trump administration. "It does put a pall over the administration, I'm very disappointed," said Drew Fitzpatrick, director and founder of Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation. He has also been an animal-abuse investigator for about 15 years.
VERGAS, Minn. — Opponents of the Star Lake Casino say the White Earth Nation project is still a long ways from being built. It faces environmental obstacles, internal opposition within the tribe, and a shortage of potential workers, says Ty Dayton, president of the Star Lake Concerned Citizens Group.
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.