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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.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — It may not be "Duck Dynasty," but a Detroit Lakes partnership has found its own small niche in the duck call business — it allows hunters to put cremated ashes from their beloved hunting dogs into the duck call itself. No, you don't get a mouthful of ashes whenever you blow the duck call — Deadshot Custom Call Company uses custom high-grade acrylic resins and hermetically seals the ashes into the duck call, said co-owner, founder, and self-described "head quack" Brian Rubenstein.
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. — Navy veteran Tony Baker of Lake Park joined the Army National Guard right after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and went through a lot during the Red Bull's 15-month tour of duty during the ugliest part of the Iraq war in 2006-07. He saw how bad things can be, so perhaps it's karma that he just got to enjoy a fantastic hunting trip in South Africa, expenses paid by the Disabled American Veterans organization.