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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.
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.