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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.
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.
MAHNOMEN, Minn.—White Earth Tribal police are looking into the deaths of three horses that apparently starved to death over a period of several months on land near Strawberry Lake owned by Michael Dahl, a White Earth spiritual elder. Dahl did not answer his cell phone and his voice mailbox was full and could not accept messages. One of the horses, a 2-year-old filly, was the great-granddaughter of the famed racing horse Secretariat, a Triple Crown winner in 1973, according to her previous owner, Amber Shaide.