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MAHNOMEN, Minn.—The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe's Executive Committee on Thursday voted to censure White Earth Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason, while exonerating White Earth Tribal Chairman Terry Tibbetts in an emotional, tension-filled hearing. With no love lost between them, Tibbetts and Mason had filed dueling complaints, each seeking to have the other censured.
LAKE PARK, Minn. — Navy veteran Tony Baker of Lake Park joined the Army National Guard right after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and went through a lot during the Red Bull's 15-month tour of duty during the ugliest part of the Iraq war in 2006-07. He saw how bad things can be, so perhaps it's karma that he just got to enjoy a fantastic hunting trip in South Africa, expenses paid by the Disabled American Veterans organization.
LAKE PARK, Minn. — Jay Peterson has been reinstated as head coach of the Lake Park-Audubon girls basketball team, and Assistant Coach Ashley Tingelstad has also returned to the team, which played Fosston at home on Monday, Jan. 29. Conflict between Peterson, some players and some parents led to complaints to the school board, which caused Peterson to be placed on paid administrative leave last week during an investigative process.
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.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A man accused of letting three horses die from starvation, exposure and neglect has been sentenced in Becker County district Court. Michael Erwin Dahl, 42, of Shakopee, Minn., was sentenced Dec. 27 on a felony charge of mistreatment — torture of animals. Two identical felony charges were dropped in a plea agreement. 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.
A large power outage in the Lake Eunice area south of Detroit Lakes has left more than 2,000 households without power, according to the Lake Region Electric Cooperative website. As of 9:45 p.m. Thursday, no power had been restored. The temperature in Detroit Lakes was eight below. The outage was caused by a broken switch on a Great River Energy transmission line near Audubon.
DUNN TOWNSHIP, Minn. — Lake Region Electric Cooperative has axed a proposed wind turbine-solar power array in Dunn Township, near Pelican Lake. "We have cancelled the community based renewable project, which was a wind/solar hybrid project," Lake Region CEO Tim Thompson said in an email. "The project was being developed by Juhl Energy and we would purchase the energy from the project. Based on the feedback from our members, our board of directors decided it was best to not proceed."
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A small town police chief in western Minnesota has been sentenced on a misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge, for an incident in which he helped a friend avoid a DWI after she crashed her car into a guardrail on Highway 59.
WHITE EARTH, Minn.—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.
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."