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The Patriot Ice House on Little Detroit Lake was broken into and burglarized sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, the Becker County Sheriff's Office is reporting. The lock securing the fish house was cut and an ice auger and two fish locators were reportedly taken from the building. The sheriff's office is asking anyone with information to call their direct line, 218-847-2661. They're also reminding people to keep their items secure and watch out for anything suspicious on the lake.
2019 is gearing up to be a big year for trails in Becker County. Not only will the Heartland Trail extension between Detroit Lakes and Frazee see construction this summer, but the hope is also to get construction moving on the first phase of the Mountain Link Trail. The construction on the Heartland Trail will carry the trail from the tunnel that is already constructed under Highway 10 just east of Detroit Lakes all the way to where County Road 10 intersects with Highway 10 just west of Frazee, though it will happen in two phases.
Jack Chivers has left Jack Chivers Realty — but he isn't hanging it up. Chivers is now the managing broker of Remax, a real estate company Jay Schurman opened in Detroit Lakes about a year ago. "Well, it's very unusual to have someone whose name is the company leave the company," said Chivers, explaining his career move from the company he started and ran for decades.
Becker and Otter Tail Counties awoke to a sheet of ice covering many area roads this morning. The slick conditions have led to several crashes and vehicles sliding off the road. Minnesota State Patrol Sergeant Jesse Grabow tweeted that Highway 108 between Pelican Rapids and Lake Lida was blocked with several crashes and stuck vehicles. All the incidents were minor, resulting in no injuries, just a lot of chaos and trouble getting vehicles out.
"The most sensitive time of the school day is the window when we're transporting over 1,800 kids to and from school," says Superintendent Doug Froke.
The Becker County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in relation to the Nov. 10 shooting that killed former Lake Park Police Chief Jay Nelson. Morris Silas Dodd Jr., 54, of rural Ogema, is in custody in the Becker County Jail. He is facing charges for second degree manslaughter and felony possession of a firearm. In the original release, the sheriff's office stated they believed the incident was a hunting accident. Nelson was apparently traveling on a forest trail near Little Flat Lake when a bullet struck his vehicle and killed him.
The winter sports season is upon us. As people pull out their skis and snowboards, eager to hit the snowy slopes, Hope Inc. is asking people to consider volunteering some time helping kids and adults with mobility challenges enjoy Detroit Mountain too. Hope Inc. is a non-profit organization with a goal "to provide family-friendly sporting and recreational opportunities critical to the health and development of children and adults." With the help of volunteers, the organization offers a range of sport programs for adults and children who have mobility challenges.
Hundreds of family, friends, fellow officers and firefighters gathered in the theater at the Lake Park High School to pay their respects to former Lake Park Police Chief Jay Nelson, who passed away Saturday, Nov. 10, in what authorities believe was a hunting accident. "I know I'm struggling because it's awful, the reason we are here, but we need to be here," said Paston Jim Green, who officiated the ceremony.
A suspect in the fatal Audubon shooting that occurred late Tuesday afternoon has been booked into the Becker County Jail and charged. Michaelray Ericthomas Mason, 29, of Fergus Falls, faces one count of felony second degree murder without intent and a second count of felony possession of a firearm. According to the complaint filed by the Becker County Attorney Thursday, Mason called 911 from a residence in Audubon, stating he "just shot him" and that he "put like six rounds in him."
One person is dead and another in custody following a fatal shooting in Audubon Tuesday afternoon. Law enforcement officers responded to a call for shots fired at a residence along the 200 block of Eagle Street at around 4:40 p.m.