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DETROIT LAKES, Minn - Becker County is under a cyber attack that has taken down its website, disabled its printers and is now slowly corrupting its entire IT network, according to Becker County Administrator Jack Ingstad. "Apparently we got the ransom request from whoever's doing it to pay them off," he said. No dollar amount has been demanded yet, and the county likely won't have to pay to save its files because it has secure, uncontaminated backup data saved from the night before, he said.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—The "Tobacco 21" push to get city councils in Detroit Lakes, Frazee and Perham to raise the tobacco-sale age to 21 is part of a nationwide effort to prevent young people from getting hooked on tobacco. Although it's been tough sledding in Minnesota (the Legislature shot it down last session and only two cities—Edina and St. Louis Park—have approved it so far) the measure has had more success elsewhere.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—It was a decision heard around the region. The controversy that erupted from the Detroit Lakes City Council's decision to revoke a rental registration, which essentially will force a disabled veteran from his home, stems from the city putting a renewed focus on rental units getting into compliance with zoning and coding laws.
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.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—The Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott was a hive of activity Thursday, June 29, inside and out, and that's only fitting because the new hotel and associated Hub 41 restaurant are the buzz of the community, said hotel general manager Vickie Swenson. "The whole town seems like they're excited—there's such a buzz," she said. "The whole community seems like they're welcoming us." The new target range for opening the hotel is July 14-20, but the $12 million facility won't open to the public "until everything is perfect," she said.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. — White Earth Nation has spent about $7 million so far on the proposed Star Lake Casino project, Tribal Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason said at a meeting with tribal members. Expenses for the Star Lake Casino include land acquisition, buying wetland credits and architectural, planning and environmental fees. Some of the money spent so far includes intermingled architectural fees for the existing White Earth casino between Ebro and Bagley. The same design, on a larger scale, will be used at Star Lake, if the project is approved.
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.
PERHAM, Minn.—After a rough start, the Perham Resource Recovery Facility, once known as the Perham incinerator, is getting onto solid financial ground. Last April, Becker County had to kick in an unexpected, unbudgeted $200,000, it's share of an incinerator bond payment that the joint powers facility was too broke to make on its own. The "dirty mixed-waste processing facility" takes in truckloads of raw garbage from Becker, Otter Tail, Clay, Todd and Wadena counties and runs it through a system of conveyor belts and centrifugal force cylinders.