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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.
ST. PAUL—The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld a 2015 law that lets counties save money by bypassing the state auditor's office and hiring private accounting firms for their annual financial audits. State Auditor Rebecca Otto challenged the law on constitutional grounds. She sued Becker, Wright and Ramsey counties, which did not agree to hire her office to check their books. Becker County alone has spent some $80,000 on the lawsuit. Otto's office has spent more than $250,000 of tax money on it.
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. — 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.
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.
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.