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Becker County crime and fire report: June 20-June 22

12:34 a.m., Disturbance was reported at a scenic overlook along U.S. Highway 10. Officers were told a man had a woman pinned against a wall and was screaming at her. When officers arrived it was determined the male, 34, had an outstanding warrant and was arrested. 11 a.m., Resident on...
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BOARD MEETING AS POSTED BECKER COUNTY BO

BOARD MEETING AS POSTED BECKER COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS DATE: TUESDAY, June 7, 2022, at 8:15 am LOCATION: Board Room, Courthouse Agenda/Minutes: Meeting was brought to order by Board Chair Knutson. Commissioners in attendance: Knutson, Okeson, Nelson, Grimsley and Vareberg, County Administrator Pat Oman and minute taker Amanda Pachel Pledge of Allegiance Agenda Confirmation – Motion and seconded approve agenda as presented (Okeson, Grimsley) carried. Minutes – Moved and seconded to approve minutes of May 17, 2022, with the requested changes (Grimsley, Okeson) carried. Commissioners: Open Forum: Gerry Schram spoke on inflation and requested the Becker County Board look for savings wherever they can. Reports and Correspondence: Reports were provided on the following meetings: Commissioner Nelson: Soil & Water, NRM, and Red River Basin Commissioner Knutson: NRM, Sheriff’s Committee, Environmental Services Committee, EDA, and Prairie Lakes Municipal Waste Commissioner Vareberg: Nothing to report Commissioner Grimsley: Historical Society, LARL, Transit Committee, and Museum Construction Commissioner Okeson: Public Works Construction Meeting, Wannigan Park, Sheriff Committee, and Transit Committee Appointments: None County Administrator: presented by Pat Oman Report: Budget Schedule – for the upcoming 2023 Budget, Roy Smith – County Surveyor retirement, Board of Equalization – June 21, 2022, 6:00 pm, Juneteenth – will only be a county holiday if passed as a state holiday, AMC Meeting – June 17, EDA Coordination position – proposed to change to an EDA Manager, Highway Building Sale and Lease, ARPA Grants Motion to approve the following Collective Bargaining Agreements: 2022 Teamsters Sheriff’s Office Clerical Contract and MOAs (Okeson, Grimsley) carried. Motion to approve 2022 Non-Bargaining Unit General Wage Increase of 3.25%, 75/25 Health Insurance Split (Okeson, Nelson) carried. Motion to approve forming a Benefits Committee and Benefits Committee Bylaws without commissioners unless requested by the committee (Nelson, Okeson) carried. Motion to approve FISH Committee with 2 commissioners with Vareberg and Nelson being appointed, and with some funding from the 2023 budget (Nelson, Grimsley) carried. Motion to table the Catastrophic Leave Bank Policy until the June 21, 2022 meeting for further review (Okeson, Grimsley) carried. Personnel Requests: Motion to approve Resolution 06-22-1B to hire a Full-Time Human Resources Director (Okeson, Nelson) carried. Motion to approve Resolution 06-22-1C to convert the Part-Time Human Resources Assistant position to a Full-Time Human Resources Assistant position and hire for position (Nelson, Vareberg) Roll Call Vote: Knutson – Nay, Grimsley – Nay, Nelson – In Favor, Okeson – In Favor, Vareberg – In Favor. With a 3-2 vote motion carried. Motion to approve Resolution 06-22-1D to hire a Full-Time Information Technology Director (Okeson, Grimsley) carried. Motion to approve Resolution 06-22-1O to hire a Full-Time County Veterans Service Officer (Nelson, Okeson) carried. Motion to approve Resolution 06-22-1P to convert the Full-Time Veteran Service Assistant position to a Full-Time Assistant County Veterans Services Officer position and hire for the position (Nelson, Okeson) carried. Finance Committee Minutes: presented by Mary Hendrickson Regular Claims and Auditor Warrants and Over 90 days: 05/18/2022 in the amount of $30,646.29 05/20/2022 in the amount of $23,174.58 05/25/2022 in the amount of $ 8,962,039.95 05/31/2022 in the amount of $66,406.99 Total of $9,082,267.81 Over 90 Days: Aramark dated 02/15/2022 in the amount of $107.83, invoice just turned in. Dakota Supply Group dated 11/21 & 02/22 in the amount of $20.50, invoice just turned in. Mark’s Electric dated 12/28/2021 in the amount of $3,420.00, invoice just turned in. MN DOC dated 02/24/2022 in the amount of $1,830.00, invoice just turned in. Novus Glass dated 02/28/2022 in the amount of $690.64, invoice just turned in. Total of $6,068.97. Motion to approve paying Auditor warrants and claims over 90 days (Okeson, Nelson) carried. Auditor – Treasurer: presented by Mary Hendrickson Licenses: None Motion to approve Resolution 06-22-1A accepting Tax ID Number 52.0068.000 as a land donation from DeVon Green (Nelson, Grimsley) carried. Motion to accept April 2022 Cash Comparison and Sales Tax and Investment Summary (Nelson, Okeson) carried. Human Services: presented by Denise Warren Personnel Request: Motion to approve Resolution 06-22-1F to hire a Full-Time Office Support Specialist (Grimsley, Nelson) carried. Motion to approve Resolution 06-22-1G to hire a Part-Time Office Support Specialist (Grimsley, Nelson) carried. Motion to approve Resolution 06-22-1H to hire a Part-Time Office Support Specialist (Grimsley, Nelson) carried. Motion to approve Resolution 06-22-1I to hire a Full-Time MnChoices Assessor Social Worker or Registered Nurse (Grimsley, Nelson) carried. Motion to approve Resolution 06-22-1J to hire a Full-Time Behavioral Health Social Worker (Grimsley, Nelson) carried. Motion to approve Human Services Claims for Human Services, Public Health, and Transit. (Grimsley, Nelson) carried. Assessor: presented by Lisa Will Motion to approve -$1,004.00 abatement on PIN 49.0124.698 due to being an inactive parcel – platted (Nelson, Grimsley) carried. Highway: presented by Jim Olson Motion to approve Resolution 06-22-1E – Bid Award – Project 003-639-017 to Dennis Drewes Inc. of Frazee, MN with low bid in the amount of $1,396,049.30 (Okeson, Nelson) carried. Sheriff’s Office: presented by Deputy Sheriff Shane Richard Motion to approve Resolution 06-22-1K - for approval to sell three retired squad cars to the County Fleet being paid out of the Special General Fund (Okeson, Nelson) carried. Motion to approve Resolution 06-22-1L – to approve 2022 State of Minnesota Annual County Boat & Water Safety Grant Agreement (Okeson, Vareberg) carried. Planning & Zoning: presented by Kyle Vareberg Dollar General Conditional Use Permit Discussion – Several letters have been sent to Dollar General regarding a stipulation of the Conditional Use Permit being violated – the parking lot lights being left on overnight, an ongoing situation since February 2022, with no reply from Dollar General. Dollar General Manager called into the meeting to inform the board she has turned in several work orders to Dollar General Corporate to have the timer repaired to stop this issue. The Board asked Planning and Zoning Director, Kyle Vareberg to bring a resolution to June 21st Board Meeting with fines for violation of Conditional Use Permit Stipulations. Land Use/Environmental Services: presented by Steve Skoog Environmental Services Child Care Grant Application – denied 2 funding applications and 1 more applying NRM Motion to approve Resolution 06-22-1M – North Country Trails (Laurnentain Lakes Chapter) funding request for $4,000.00 (Nelson, Grimsley) carried. Motion to approve Resolution 06-22-1N – Detroit Lakes Nordic Cross Country Ski Club Funding request for $7,500.00 (Nelson, Okeson) carried. Motion to approve 2022 Potty Shack Service Agreement in the amount of $7,324 (Okeson, Nelson) carried. Bucks Mills River Restoration Project – Closed Meeting Motion to close pursuant to Minn. Stat. 13D.05 Subd. 3(c)(3) to develop or consider offers or counteroffers for the purchase or sale of real or personal property – 10:20 am (Grimsley, Okeson) carried. Motion to reopen from the closed session at 10:41 am (Nelson, Grimsley) carried. Direction to move forward with purchase, request County Attorney to put together a Purchase Agreement. Motion to close pursuant to Minn. Stat. 13D.05 Subd. 3(b) based on the attorney client privilege to discuss potential and pending legal actions with Teamsters Local 320, including pending grievances – 10:44 am (Okeson, Nelson) carried. Motion to reopen from the closed session at 11:00 am (Grimsley, Okeson) carried. No direction given. Being no further business, Chair Knutson adjourned the meeting at 11:00 am./s/ Pat Oman, County Administrator /s/Larry Knutson, Board Chair (June 26, 2022) 76516.
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BECKER COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION SETS PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Becker County Planning Commission will conduct a tour on July 6th, 2022, at 8:00 A.M. in the 3rd Floor Meeting Room in the Becker County Courthouse and a Public Hearing on July 12th, 2022, at 6:00 P.M in the 3rd Floor Jury Assembly Room of the Becker County Courthouse, 913 Lake Ave, Detroit Lakes, MN. Public testimony regarding this application will only be received by email, in writing, or in-person at the hearing. Interested parties are invited to submit to the Becker County Department of Planning, Zoning, and Land Use, written facts, arguments, or objectives by 12:00 pm the day of the hearing. These statements should bear upon the suitability of the location and the adequacy of the Project and should suggest any appropriate changes believed to be desirable. New Business: 1. APPLICANT: Brian L Johnson & Julie A Johnson 28191 Mountain Rd Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Project Location: TBD Highland Dr Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 LEGAL LAND DESCRIPTION: Tax ID number: 08.0426.000 Section 25 Township 139 Range 041; 25-139-41 PT SW1/4 SW1/4: COMM SW COR SEC 25, N 427.86’, E 320.06’, S 427.85’, W 320.06’ TO POB. APPLICATION AND DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Request a Preliminary Plat for a Common Interest Community consisting of twelve (12) units to be known as HIGHLAND STORAGE. 2. APPLICANT: Dana Holland & Shirlee A Holland 1828 Co Hwy 52 Rothsay, MN 56579 Project Location: TBD Thunderbolt Ranch Rd Lake Park, MN 56554 LEGAL LAND DESCRIPTION: Tax ID Number: 06.0422.007 Section 33 Township 138 Range 043; 33-138-43 PT SW1/4 NE1/4, PT NW1/4 SE1/4, PT NE1/4 SE1/4: COMM NW COR SW1/4 NE1/4, S 225.74’, SE 1172.6’, SW 198’, SWLY 430.19’ TO POB; ELY 826.9’, SLY 540.05’, W 676.45’, N 704.29’ TO POB. TRACT I. Tax ID Number: 06.0422.005 Section 33 Township 138 Range 043; 33-138-43 PT N1/2 SE1/4: COMM NW COR SW1/4 NE1/4, S 225.74’, SE 1172.6’, SW 198’, SE 782.13’ TO RD, SLY AL RD 741.73’ TO POB; W 676.45’, S 701.48’, E 410.76’, NE 388.72’ TO RD, NLY AL RD 450.79’ TO POB AKA TRACT C. APPLICATION AND DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Request a Preliminary Plat for a Common Interest Community consisting of sixty-seven (67) units to be known as THUNDERBOLT RANCH STORAGE. 3. APPLICANT: Michael D Anderson 213 Willow St E Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Project Location: 25174 Co Hwy 6 Detroit Lakes, MN LEGAL LAND DESCRIPTION: Tax ID number: 19.0047.003 Section 04 Township 138 Range 041; 4-138-41 PT GOVT LOTS 3-4, PT SE1/4 NW1/4: COMM CTR SEC 4, W 132’ TO POB; N 165’, E 132’, N 1906.08’, W 66’, N 432.69’, NW 103.08’, N 150.01’, W 1100.2’, SLY AL TH 59 1095.52’, E 300’, NLY 786.06’, E 227.28’, SELY 599.44’, SLY 614.87’, S 378.12’, SW 894.46’, W 326.92’, W 105.4’, S 58.99’, E 1264.98’ TO POB. TRACT A-2. APPLICATION AND DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Request a Preliminary Plat for a Common Interest Community consisting of twenty-two (22) units to be known as LAKER ISLAND STORAGE FIRST ADDITION. 4. APPLICANT: Erica L & Eric Zurn 18633 Co Hwy 14 Callaway, MN 56521 Project Location: TBD 350th St Ogema, MN 56569 LEGAL LAND DESCRIPTION: Tax ID number: 30.0142.000 Section 33 Township 142 Range 042; NW1/4 OF NW1/4 APPLICATION AND DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Request a Conditional Use Permit to operate a feedlot. 5. APPLICANT: Kevin & Brandi M Schlauderaff 23960 Co Rd 144 Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 Project Location: 24316 Co Rd 144 Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 LEGAL LAND DESCRIPTION: Tax ID number: 08.0107.003 Section 08 Township 139 Range 041; S1/2 NW1/4 SW1/4 & SW1/4 OF SW1/4 LESS 10 ACRES and Tax ID number: 08.0107.002 Section 08 Township 139 Range 041; NW1/4 NW1/4 SW1/4 APPLICATION AND DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Request a Conditional Use Permit for mining operations. 6. APPLICANT: Armand C & Maricela Radke 48 Groveland Terr Unit T106 Minneapolis, MN 55403 Project Location: TBD Cty Hwy 29 Frazee, MN 56544 LEGAL LAND DESCRIPTION: Tax ID number: 10.0549.001 Section 35 Township 139 Range 040; PT NE1/4 OF SE1/4, PT SW1/4 OF NE1/4, & PT SE1/4 OF NE1/4; BEG SW COR NE1/4 SE1/4, TH N 1319.58’ TO SE COR SW1/4 NE1/4 TH W 366.34’, N 1003.48’, E 228.68’, N 76.12’, E 125’, S 17.45’, E 330.36’, SE 496.73’, NE 183.89’, SELY 69.88’, SW 185’, SW 450.09’, SE 614.43’TO HWY, SW AL HWY 1604.47’ TO S LN NE1/4 SE1/4, & W 3.21’ AL S LN TO BEG and Tax ID number: 10.0552.002 Section 35 Township 139 Range 040; BEG 249.58’ NE OF SW COR OF SE1/4 OF NE1/4 TH SE 614.43’ TO HWY, NE AL HWY 400’ TO RD, NW AL RD 325.05’, SW 185’ & SW 450.09’ TO POB. APPLICATION AND DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Request a Conditional Use Permit for a non-shoreland multi-unit development for twelve (12) sites/units and to operate equine related activities with boarding. 7. APPLICANT: JoAnne P Robson Trust PO Box 3739 Lihue, HI 96766 Project Location: 29751 Tageto Rd Ogema, MN 56569 LEGAL LAND DESCRIPTION: Tax ID number: 32.0413.000 Section 08 Township 141 Range 040; SUGAR BUSH HGTS 4TH LOT 5. APPLICATION AND DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Request a Conditional Use Permit to construct a fence to be six (6) feet high along the right-of-way of a township road. 8. Amendments: 1) Chapter 11, Section 2, Definitions: Twin Homes 2) Chapter 11, Section 2, Definitions: Lot Width All interested persons are invited to attend or submit written comments. Kyle Vareberg, Planning & Zoning Administrator (June 26, 2022) 76193.
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Notice of Public Hearing And Notice of I

Notice of Public Hearing And Notice of Intent to Enact an Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 375.51, notice is hereby given that the Becker County Planning Commission shall conduct a public hearing on July 12th, at 6:00 P.M. in the Jury Assembly Room, Third Floor, Becker County Courthouse, 913 Lake Avenue, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota to consider an Amendment to the Becker County Zoning Ordinance. Public testimony regarding this application will only be received by email, in writing, or by participating in the public hearing. The general purpose of the Amendments is as follows: 1) Chapter 11, Section 2, Definitions: Twin Homes 2) Chapter 11, Section 2, Definitions: Lot Width Written comments will be accepted until 12:00 P.M. on September 14th, 2021. All comments shall be addressed to Planning and Zoning Department, Attention: Zoning Administrator, Becker County Court House, 915 Lake Ave, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501. (June 26, 2022) 76199.
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Becker County crime and fire report: June 16-19

8:34 p.m., Burglary was reported at a storage unit on Jackson Avenue, Detroit Lakes. The owner of the storage unit reported a latch had been cut. 12:06 p.m., Sockets were stolen from a garage on Rossman Avenue, Detroit Lakes. 2:45 p.m., Female, 40, was arrested for a DWI on U.S....
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DETROIT LAKES — Robert Dean Bakken, 38, of rural Waubun has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony second-degree assault and felony domestic assault. According to court records, on March 23, a White Earth police officer responded to the intersection of Becker County Road 21 and County Road 14 to meet with a man who said that he had seen a woman with blood on her face walking down County Road 21 in a tank top and no shoes. The motorist had stopped, picked up the woman, and called the police.
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Court news: Red Lake man accused of contributing to Naytahwaush overdose

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Court news: Lake Park man faces child porn charge

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