Becker County

Man Camping At Elbow Lake Hit By Falling Tree During Storm

Jeff Panzer was sitting under an awning when the tree fell on him

BECKER COUNTY, Minn. — A Farmington, Minnesota man camping at Elbow Lake was hurt after he was hit by a falling tree. Becker County Sheriff’s officials say 44-year-old Jeff Panzer was camping with three others on the east side of the lake when storms hit around 6:10 this morning. Panzer was sitting under an awning when a tree fell on…

Becker County Law Enforcement Officers Host Annual Run for Special Olympics

Law enforcement officers from the Becker County area are raising awareness for Special Olympics Minnesota

BECKER COUNTY, Minn. – Law enforcement officers from the Becker County area are raising money and awareness for Special Olympics Minnesota. The Torch Run for Special Olympics is a way for officers to participate in an international organization for those with special needs. The torch run started on Highway 10 near the Clay County border and finished at the Otter…

Alexandria Man Wanted On A Drug Warrant Arrested After High Speed Chase

Authorities Stopped The Man In Becker County After Numerous Attempts

BECKER COUNTY, Minn. — An Alexandria, Minnesota man was arrested after leading authorities on a high-speed chase Saturday afternoon. 33-year-old Christopher Elliot faces fleeing and other charges in Becker County. The sheriff’s office says they received a complaint about an erratic driver on Highway 34. A deputy located Elliot’s vehicle near Detroit Lakes and he took off hitting speeds of…

Becker County Drug Bust

45-year old Dawn Kier, of Mahnomen, and 34-year old Craig Jackson, of Ogema, are each charged with two count counts of a controlled substance.

BECKER COUNTY, MINN. – A drug bust in Becker County has led to two arrests. Sheriff Todd Glander says the arrests turned up heroin and cocaine mixed with fentanyl along with about $20,000 in cash. 45-year old Dawn Kier, of Mahnomen, and 34-year old Craig Jackson, of Ogema, are each charged with two count counts of a controlled substance. The…

Two Arrested After Drug Trafficking Investigation In Becker County

Authorities seized almost a pound of suspected heroin and cocaine mixed with fentanyl

BECKER COUNTY, Minn. — Another massive drug trafficking investigation has resulted in two more arrests in Becker County. 45-year-old Dawn Kier of Mahnomen and 34-year-old Craig Jackson of Ogema are being held on possession of controlled substance charges. Authorities seized almost a pound of suspected heroin and cocaine mixed with fentanyl and $20,000 in cash. They say more arrests are…

DWI Courts in Minnesota Give People a Second Chance at Sobriety

At the Ottertail DWI Court, there have been 89 graduates of the program in just under three years

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Jenna Kavanagh is just one example of a life saved with the help of DWI Courts in Minnesota. “I would have found one more reason to drink and I know I would have been dead by now and my family would have buried me,” said Kavanagh in a speech at the “Towards Zero Deaths” West Central Regional meeting…

Congregational United Church of Christ Receives ‘Overwhelming’ Turnout for Homelessness in Becker County

Rep. Collin Peterson and Senator Tina Smith were also there

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Liz Kuppola grew up in a large family that didn’t have a lot of money. “What I learned from that is that people who struggle have the same potential as anyone else just not always the same opportunity,” Kuppola said. It inspired her so much that she’s been working with people who experience homelessness for about 25 years…

Body of Missing Lake Park Man Found in Cormorant Township

Sheriff Todd Glander says the body of 29-year-old Sheldon Hambleton of Lake Park was recovered in the area of Spring Creek, around 11 a.m.Friday.

DETROIT LAKES, MN (KFGO) – Becker County are investigating after the body of a missing Lake Park man was recovered in Cormorant Township. Sheriff Todd Glander says the body of 29-year-old Sheldon Hambleton of Lake Park was recovered in the area of Spring Creek, around 11 a.m.Friday. Hambleton was reported missing by his family March 15th after they had not…

Drug Investigation On White Earth Reservation Results In Charges

Multiple Agencies Seized Heroin, Cash and Vehicles

Four people have been charged in a massive drug investigation in west central Minnesota. 34-year-old Steven Gant of Plymouth, 29-year-old Dylan Warren of Ogema, 32-year-old Jameson Jackson of Mahnomen and 30-year-old Joni Bush of Mahnomen all face drug charges. Multiple agencies investigated the flow of heroin to the White Earth Reservation, Becker and Mahnomen counties. They seized $5,200 in heroin,…

First Ice Harvest Since 1971 Begins On Little Detroit Lake

volunteers are building a 24-foot-tall by 30-foot-wide ice palace

  DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The sounds of saws roaring on Little Detroit Lake is the first sign of an ice harvest since 1971. “In the 30’s, it was the second largest industry in this county right behind the forestry industries,” said Becky Mitchell, Becker County Museum executive director. “They shipped ice all over the country to be used for refrigeration and box…