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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — No criminal charges will be filed against Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steven Todd for grabbing a 12-year-old boy by the neck at Washington Ballpark this summer. On June 20, Todd mistakenly thought the boy was trying to steal his Trek mountain bike after it was knocked over on a grandstand ramp and the boy tried to pick it up. Todd, who was off duty and wearing a sports shirt, rode his bike to the ballpark to watch the baseball game between Detroit Lakes and Hawley.
MAHNOMEN, Minn.—The White Earth Tribal Council has taken drastic action to balance the reservation's 2019 budget — laying off 25 employees and slashing some departmental budgets by up to 40 percent. The action is needed to balance a $12 million general fund deficit, caused by "four years of deficit spending by the previous administration," according to a tribal news release from the reservation in northwest Minnesota..
FRAZEE, Minn.—From the time he was a little boy, Kyle Quittschreiber knew he wanted to be a conservation officer with the Minnesota DNR. "My dad was taking him fishing when he was really young, and a game warden stopped by to talk to them — ever since then he told everyone 'that's what I'm going to do,'" said his sister, Kayla Quittschreiber. And why not? The boy took to the outdoors like a duck to water. "He loved to be fishing and hunting — anything outdoors," Kayla said. "If he was in a deer stand, he was happy."
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—A former northwest Minnesota jail inmate claims his civil rights were violated three years ago when he was denied medical attention for leukemia. An attorney for Kyle Rusness, 35, of Detroit Lakes filed a multi-million dollar federal lawsuit against Becker County and eight employees, including Sheriff Todd Glander, according to several media reports.
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.
NAYTAHWAUSH, Minn.—The official news conference in Naytahwaush Friday, July 27, was to announce a $1.41 million federal housing grant targeting youth homelessness, to be used by the White Earth, Red Lake and Leech Lake reservations and 12 northwestern Minnesota counties. The unofficial news was how easy it is for young stable people to slip into drug addiction and from there into homelessness. And how a supportive living complex in Naytahwaush is helping them live again and not just survive. One such couple is Donovan Burnette, 31, and Lacy Armstrong, 27.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—The White Earth Tribal council voted 3-2 Friday, May 18, to exonerate Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason, who was censured earlier this year by a vote of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Executive Committee. The Minnesota Chippewa TEC voted 5-4 on March 8 to censure Mason, while exonerating Tribal Chairman Terry Tibbetts. The two had filed dueling complaints, each seeking to have the other censured.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—The Pavilion on the Detroit Lakes city beach has been around for over 100 years — hosting summer dances on its big wooden dance floor. Now the city-owned building is a popular venue for wedding dances on summer weekends. In 2006, money was raised to restore the dance floor and renovate the building. But because of poor drainage and building movement due to saturated soil and frost heaves, the Pavilion continues to be an ongoing maintenance problem for the city.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Nicole Remer of Detroit Lakes wants pet owners not to panic if their dog or cat is diagnosed with diabetes. "It's not a death sentence for your pet," said Remer, a registered nurse at Essentia St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes. "They're our kids — we need to take care of them."
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—There are a lot of development possibilities for West Lake Drive: -- A two-level parking deck could stretch across most of the existing Lakeside Tavern parking lot and replace the Holiday Haven motel. A mixed-use project would line the front of the parking deck next to Lakeside Tavern, with a rooftop deck that overlooks the lake. Special features like awnings, goose-neck lighting and quality materials would help the parking deck blend in with its surroundings.