Becker County

Kawar Farok running for MN Senate seat serving Becker & Clay Counties

MINNESOTA (KVRR) – A man known for running the Kurdish American Development Organization is running for the Northwestern Minnesota Senate District 4 seat that will be open following the retirement of State Sen. Kent Eken of Audubon. Kawar Farok is running for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsement for the seat that serves Clay and Becker counties. He says his priorities include voter…

DFL’s Eken announces retirement from Minnesota Legislature

AUDUBON, Minn. (KVRR) – A longtime Minnesota state lawmaker has decided not to seek reelection. Democratic State Sen. Kent Eken of Audubon is stepping away after 20 years in the legislature. Eken was first elected as a member of the Minnesota House in 2002. Eken says his decision was based on several factors, including plans to return to teaching, and…

Detroit Lakes man charged with child sexual misconduct

Patrick FinedayDETROIT LAKES, Minn. (KVRR-KFGO) – A Detroit Lakes man, who ran a martial arts school, has been charged with felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a minor. According to the complaint, in February, a Becker County elementary school told the sheriff’s office of an alleged sexual assault involving a girl related to Patrick Fineday. During an interview with the…

Becker County: Tentative agreement reached with Teamsters Local 320

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (KVRR) – Becker County administrators say a tentative agreement has been reached with representatives of Teamsters Local 320, who were set to go on strike as early as 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. “Becker County has reached a tentative agreement with Teamsters 320 during negotiations this last Saturday. The bargaining unit will vote on the contract this Tuesday evening,…

Becker County Teamster employees file intent to strike

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (KVRR-KFGO) – More than 173 employees of the Becker County Courthouse and Human Services units have voted to reject the county’s final offer and have filed their intent to strike with the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services. The soonest the employees could strike is at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. There’s a mandatory 10-day cooling-off…

Update: Two trains derail in collision near Frazee

Frazee derailment (courtesy, KDLM) Frazee derailment (courtesy, KDLM) FRAZEE, Minn. (KVRR-KDLM) – No one was injured when two freight trains collided Thursday morning near Frazee, Minnesota. Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander says an eastbound train collided with a second train on an adjacent track shortly before 9:00 a.m. He says the second train did not appear to be moving. Glander…

Firefighters rescue critically injured man trapped inside vehicle

OSAGE, Minn. (KVRR/KFGO) – A Park Rapids, Minnesota man was critically injured after crashing his vehicle into a pole near Osage, Minnesota. The Becker County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about the crash about 2:30 p.m Monday. Emergency personnel found 29-year old Dillon Jackson trapped inside the vehicle. He was extricated and flown to Sanford Hospital in Fargo. The…

Moorhead man injured in snowmobile crash in Becker County

The Becker County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call of a snowmobile crash on South Tulaby Lane

BECKER COUNTY, Minn. (KVRR) — A Moorhead man is hurt after crashing his snowmobile in Becker County. It happened around 11 a.m. Morgan Leiseth, of Moorhead, was traveling northbound on South Tulaby Lake Lane when he left the trail and hit a tree. The 45-year-old was taken by North Memorial Air Care to Sanford Hospital in Fargo. His injuries are unknown…

Residents fighting plan to remove trees along scenic Becker County byway

Highway 34. Becker County, Minn.DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (KVRR/KDLM) – Residents opposed to a plan to eliminate several miles of trees for a highway improvement project in Becker County voiced their concerns during a virtual public meeting. The Minnesota Dept. of Transportation plans to clear portions of trees along the Lakes Country Scenic Byway on Highway 34 as part of a…