Becker County

Candidates Announced For 7th Judicial District Chambered In Moorhead

Gov. Tim Walz will make the appointment

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Three candidates are being considered for District Court judge in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District. It is chambered in Moorhead. The finalists include Mara Rausch, currently a managing attorney in the Office of Public Defender in Moorhead. Jade Rosenfeldt, a shareholder at Vogel Law Firm. And Nathaniel Welte, an assistant county attorney for the Becker County Attorney’s…

Nearly 700 Drivers Cited During First Week of Minnesota’s Hands-Free Law

It's probably no surprise that Hennepin County tops the list with 286 citations

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Numbers are out from the first week of enforcement of Minnesota’s new hands-free law. Deputies and troopers cited nearly 700 drivers statewide for violating the law which makes it illegal to hold your phone in your hand while driving in Minnesota. It’s probably no surprise that Hennepin County tops the list with 286 citations. The most…

Becker County Man Injured in Officer-Involved Shooting Identified

The sheriff's office did a welfare check Saturday night at a house on County Highway 29, north of Frazee.

UPDATE – The BCA says 44-year-old Brian Hazelton of Burlington Township, Minnesota was shot by Becker County Deputies. He’s been charged with first, second and fourth degree assault and is expected to make his first court appearance next week. Hazelton was released from the hospital on Friday and is in the Becker County Jail. Dep. Daran Borth fired his gun…

Plane Crashes Near Detroit Lakes Airport

DETROIT TOWNSHIP, Minn. – A pilot walks away from a plane crash in Becker County. Deputies responded around 6:45 Tuesday night to a corn field north of the Detroit Lakes/Becker County Airport. The pilot, 76-year-old Theodore Kiebke of Detroit Lakes said his single-engine biplane lost power. He crash-landed in the field with the plane landing upside down. Kiebke was taken…

Diversion Authority Goes After Buffalo-Red River Watershed District

In June, the district voted 4-2 to deny the permit application submitted by the Diversion Authority

BECKER CO, MN — Another complaint is filed over the multi-billion dollar Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Project. The Diversion Authority filed the complaint with the Minnesota District Court in Becker County against the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District. In June, the district voted 4-2 to deny the permit application submitted by the Diversion Authority. The entities had worked together to develop additional permit…

Arrest Made In Fatal UTV Crash Last Month In Becker County

36-year-old Aaron Pelham of Waubun was arrested Monday

Aaron PelhamBECKER CO., MN — Authorities have arrested the driver involved in a fatal UTV crash last month in Becker County. 36-year-old Aaron Pelham of Waubun was arrested Monday and is in the Becker County Jail with formal charges pending. Pelham was driving a 1999 Mercury Marquis which crashed into a UTV driven by 27-year-old Michael Tibbetts of Ogema. He…

Victim Of UTV Hit-and-Run Identified, Authorities Still Searching For Car Responsible

Authorities are looking for the driver of a 1999 Mercury Marquis who hit the UTV and fled the scene

BECKER CO., MN — The driver of a U-T-V who was killed in a hit and run crash in Becker County has been identified as 27-year-old Michael Tibbetts of Ogema. He was found unresponsive on County Road 158 in Maple Grove Township on Monday night. Tibbetts was taken to Sanford in Fargo where he died as a result of his…

White Earth Community Mourns Loss of Man Shot to Death Sunday

Authorities are asking for help finding the suspect

WHITE EARTH, Minn. — The White Earth community is mourning the loss of Jamie “Honker” Bevins, who was shot to death early Sunday morning. Authorities are asking for help finding the suspect, 18–year old Ronald Wayne Elias Thompson III of Detroit Lakes. If you know where Thompson may be, call 911. Bevins’ family is having a five-day spirit fire to honor Jamie….

Man Hit And Killed By Train In Frazee, Minnesota

Police say the investigation continues

BECKER CO., MN — Becker County authorities are also investigating the death of a man who was hit by a train. Officers and deputies responded to the crash in Frazee early this morning and found the body of the male victim. His name was not released. Police say the investigation continues. Categories: Local News, Minnesota News Tags: Becker County, Death, FRAZEE,…

Man Dies Hours After Being Pulled Unresponsive From Island Lake

Island Lake is about 18 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes

BECKER CO., MN — A Sauk Rapids man has died after being pulled from the cold waters of Island Lake on Sunday morning. The Becker County Sheriff says 61-year-old Lyle Nelson passed away at Essentia in Fargo last night. He was unresponsive when he was pulled from the water after witnesses spotted a boat going in circles on the lake and…