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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Jeff Johnson came within 5 percentage points of denying Mark Dayton a second term as governor in 2014, and the Detroit Lakes native hopes to again win Republican endorsement and the governorship next year. A former state legislator and current Hennepin County commissioner, Johnson said one of his main goals is to change the sometime-overbearing attitude in some state agencies.
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.
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.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The Humane Society of the Lakes in Detroit Lakes has opened its doors to dogs from Texas, opening up some room at Texas animal shelters for pets separated from their owners by the Hurricane Harvey disaster that flooded large parts of Houston and other Texas communities.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A rural Waubun man, charged with three felonies in Becker County District Court for allegedly causing the death of three horses under his care through neglect and starvation, is set to go to a plea hearing Oct. 10. Michael Erwin Dahl, 42, faces three charges of mistreatment-torture of animals. A jury trial set for Sept. 19 was canceled, and the plea hearing was set up in its place.
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. — A Detroit Lakes man is accused of body slamming a 14-week-old puppy three or four times and breaking its leg after it defecated in the house. Brandon Scott Hesse Hamilton, 32, has been charged in Becker County District court with gross misdemeanor cruelty to an animal. According to court records, shortly before noon on Thursday, Aug. 24, a Detroit Lakes police officer was called to Hesse Hamilton's house on Gary Avenue to check on the status of a dog that he had allegedly badly beaten.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—With the CIA and the FBI agreeing that Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump, many Minnesotans are concerned about protecting the integrity of the state's election system. They shouldn't be too worried, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon said Tuesday, Aug. 29, during a visit to Detroit Lakes.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Darcy Savig of Audubon got a shock to the system on Tuesday when he discovered his beloved 1969 Mercury Cougar had been stolen and had crashed after a high speed chase with the Minnesota State Patrol. "I bought it when I graduated from high school in 1988," he said. "Over the years I've restored it inside and done other stuff to it."
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.