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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.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—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.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — It's a sign of the times that a Detroit Lakes police officer stood in front of a Holiday Inn banquet room Thursday night, July 6, full of several hundred people who came to talk about health insurance.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Becker County taxpayers can expect to pay perhaps another $18,500 to defend the county against a lawsuit filed by State Auditor Rebecca Otto. The DFL state auditor sued Becker, Wright and Ramsey counties for using private auditors to conduct their annual financial audit. The counties acted under a Republican-written 2015 law that allows counties to hire private firms instead of using the State Auditor's Office.
A rural Waubun, Minn., man has been charged with three felonies in Becker County District Court for allegedly causing the death of three horses under his care through neglect and starvation. Michael Erwin Dahl, 42, faces three charges of mistreatment—torture of animals. According to court records, on Jan. 24 the White Earth Tribal Police Department was contacted about three dead horses on property near Strawberry Lake Store, on the White Earth Reservation in Becker County.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—In what looks to be one of the earliest ice-outs ever, most of Big Detroit Lake—one of the most popular lakes in western Minnesota --- was wavy and free again on Tuesday, April 4. A section in the southeast corner was still locked in ice, however. There was no official call on ice-out by the Pelican River Watershed District, which keeps records, on Tuesday. Ice-off dates can be a little complicated, because the melting process tends to be more gradual than the freeze-up process.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—A game-changing Republican plan to quit fully funding Medicaid has caught the attention of a nursing home administrator here. The plan would cap federal spending on Medicaid and force states, nursing homes, hospitals and others to make up the difference, which would grow over time. "What a huge impact this could have, even here in Detroit Lakes," said Janet Green, regional director of Ecumen, which owns Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes and manages Sunnnyside Care Center near Lake Park for Becker County.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has restored some of the tens of thousands of animal welfare documents that it abruptly removed from its website. But they are only a small number of the documents that were scrubbed from the agency's website on Feb. 3. The USDA announced that it is "posting the first batch of annual reports of research institutions and inspection reports" resulting from a "comprehensive review" that began with the complete removal of previously public documents that are generated by the agency as it enforces the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson met with about a dozen Internet service providers in Detroit Lakes on Friday, Feb. 24, to help solve a nagging problem—how to get high-speed Internet service out to everybody, even rural areas where there is only one home or farm every mile or two. One possible solution—put funding for it in the new Farm Bill, which would cut red tape, simplify the regulatory and funding process, and put the focus on rural areas where the need is greatest.