Two employees of the Becker County Soil & Water Conservation District recently received honors for outstanding performance in their respective fields. Mead is Minnesota BWSR's Employee of the Year The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced last month that Peter Mead, Administrator for the Becker Soil and Water Conservation District, has been named the 2017 Outstanding District Employee of the Year.
From now through mid-February, the music and arts program at Trinity Lutheran Church is holding an exhibition of the photographs of Roxanne Westman. From 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Sundays, Westman's photography can be viewed throughout the Fellowship Room and hallway of the church, located at 1401 Madison Ave. (on the hill east of Detroit Lakes High School). It is free and open to the public.
There have been at least 22 crashes so far this season in Minnesota involving vehicles and snowplows. With significant snow totals forecast for much of the state this week, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use extra caution during plowing and snow removal operations.
Two men are accused of shoplifting hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise from Midwest Workwear in Detroit Lakes while a clerk was busy helping another customer in a different part of the store. Dennis Paul Murray Jr., 34, of Mahnomen has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony theft and Paul George Person Jr., 33, of White Earth has been charged with gross misdemeanor theft.
BRAUN — Elizabeth Johanna; born January 1, 2018, weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces, to Chris and Lisa Braun. CRESWELL — Kai Dustin; born January 2, 2018, weighing 7 pounds, 3.1 ounces, to Stacey Cresswell. HAGEDORN — Lucy Mae; born January 2, 2018, weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces, to Alyssa and Alex Hagedorn. OSBORN — Adele June; born January 2, 2018, weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces, to Allyson and Eric Osborn. BELLANGER — Deiony Awanokwe; born January 3, 2018, 2018, weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces, to Dean Bellanger (no mother's name given).
Two men have been charged with felony possession of firearms after allegedly being caught in possession of five stolen long guns. Jon Marvin Manypenny, 34, and Richard Allen Thompson, 27, both of White Earth, have each been charged in Becker County District Court with felon in possession of a firearm, a felony.
Rayn Justin Jacobson, 19, of rural Pelican Rapids has been charged in Becker County District Court with two felony counts of fifth-degree controlled substance crime. According to court records, on Dec. 23 he was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by a trooper on Highway 59 in Becker County for no front license plate and a broken tail light. There was an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, and Jacobson was wanted on an outstanding Otter Tail County warrant.
The Lakes Area Chorale community choir will begin its fifth annual season this Sunday, Jan. 14, with rehearsals set to take place every succeeding Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., through April 8.
James Thomas Hildreth, 58, of Audubon, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of third-degree burglary. According to court records, on Feb. 27 he and a woman broke into a storage unit in Detroit Lakes and stole about $5,320 worth of goods. The owner found some of it at a local pawn shop. Hildreth admitted being at the storage site that day, but denied breaking into the storage unit. Two felony theft charges were dropped in a plea agreement.
Janalee Beseler LeCount, 56, of rural Detroit Lakes, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime and misdemeanor trespassing. According to court records, on Dec. 18, she was allegedly found sleeping in the bedroom of a relative at a home where she is not allowed to be. Her purse was on the floor under the bed and allegedly contained 11.3 grams of a green leafy substance, a glass pipe with white powdery residue, and a ziplock baggie with 2.5 grams of meth.