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Most people don't like to think about disasters and emergencies, but some planning now can save people a lot of grief later, says Becker County Emergency Manager Craig Fontaine. It can be something as basic as clean water: what do you do if you're left without access to drinkable water? Stores will sell out quickly. Plan for a gallon of water per day per person for three days — for drinking, cooking and cleaning, Fontaine said.
Kids scored bulging bags of candy, but paid the price with a good soaking in the two-hour Sunday parade, which marked the end of this year's Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes. "We have a hundred million candies!" 5-year-old Lydia exclaimed to her grandmother, Marcy Meindl of Detroit Lakes, as the parade went past and the candy flew out from the floats. "I didn't even know she knew that number," Meindl said with a laugh.
The sun was shining, the sky was blue, the breeze was gentle —Friday afternoon was the perfect time to climb into a small airplane, spiral slowly up to 10,000 feet, and drop out of the sky roaring like Lucifer falling from Heaven. Wearing a parachute, of course, and attached to a member of the Skydive Fargo club, which was providing the $250 jumps as part of the Northwest Water Carnival in Detroit Lakes.
If Jim Newberger could bottle his cheerful optimism, he'd be a wealthy man. The 54-year-old three-term state representative from Becker, Minn., is the Republican-endorsed candidate running against two-term Democrat Amy Klobuchar for the U.S. Senate, and Tuesday he swung through Detroit Lakes. "I'm stepping away from a very safe (state) House seat to keep my promise," to run against Klobuchar, he said. He recently retired from a 30-year career as a paramedic in North Minneapolis and is now focusing his energy on going after Klobuchar.
A big crowd turned out for the tug-of-war competition on the beach near the Pavilion Tuesday evening, and they saw the returning champions from last year win again: the Anytime Fitness team won the women's division and J&J Concrete won the men's division, said Water Carnival co-Admiral Natalie Bly. "We had a great crowd, the weather was perfect," Bly said. "It's one of our staple events—we draw a crowd every year. It's almost a tradition in Detroit Lakes—tug of war Tuesday and water fights Wednesday."
Despite years of effort by the lake association, zebra mussels have been found in Floyd Lake, a development that is "very disheartening," said Floyd Shores Association President Jenifer Mastrud. "We're devastated in the fact that we finally have an AIS (aquatic invasive species)," she said. "We've done so much, we've been really diligent..."
With protests expected following the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approval of the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline route, sheriffs and emergency managers met recently to discuss concerns, said Becker County Emergency Manager Craig Fontaine. Local law enforcement has been gearing up for potential confrontation between protesters and law enforcement similar to the sometimes-violent Dakota Access Pipeline clashes in North Dakota, with the Becker County Sheriff's Office, for one, investing over the past year in riot gear and similar equipment.
Images of young children, taken away from migrant parents and held in detention centers, brought out protesters across the country on Saturday—including about 100 people at Veterans Memorial Park in Detroit Lakes. The "Families Belong Together" protests were held nearly two months after the Trump administration launched its "zero tolerance" policy toward undocumented immigrants—and separated thousands of children from their parents.
The primary election isn't until Aug. 14, but you can cast your vote starting Friday. Thanks to a 2014 law authored by Secretary of State Steve Simon, who was then a state representative, "no-excuse absentee balloting" gives Minnesotans the chance to begin voting by mail or in person 46 days ahead of Election Day. For the Aug. 14 primary, that day is Friday.
Frazee police and other city workers will continue to access Frazee mobile home parks as usual, in spite of a request by owners that they no longer patrol trailer courts in Frazee. City Attorney Tim Winter told the city council at its regular meeting June 11 that the owner of Albertson Lake Trailer Court made the request, according to the Frazee Forum newspaper. The roads going into the mobile home park from Balsam Avenue are privately owned, he added.