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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.
One man died in a fire at Edgewater Condominiums near the Detroit Lakes City Park on Saturday afternoon. The victim was identified as William McGrath, 72, of Detroit Lakes. The fire was located in a living room on the third floor of the Edgewater Condominiums on the northeast side of the building. The incident was reported at 2:30 p.m. Saturday as a fire with heavy smoke showing. Detroit Lakes firefighters and police officers responded to the scene, according to Assistant Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Todd George.
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."
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.