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July 22, 2014
Cara Frank became the 2014-15 president of the United Way of Becker County on July 1. She will launch the nonprofit organization’s annual fundraising drive next month. SUBMITTED PHOTO
New United Way president wants us to ‘pay it forward’
July 22, 2014 - 4:00pm
July 8, 2014
Minnesota State Patrol Captain Bruce Hentjes retired Tuesday after 35 years in law enforcement, 34 of them with the State Patrol. Hentjes will be replaced as commander of the Detroit Lakes State Patrol office by  Brian Cheney, whose promotion from lieutenant to captain became official on July 1.
Hanging up his keys: Capt. Bruce Hentjes retires from MN State Patrol
July 8, 2014 - 2:54pm
July 1, 2014
Essentia Health-St. Mary’s senior administrative leader, Christy Brinkman, will celebrate 15 years with St. Mary’s in August. She was the recipient of the Kal Michaels Outstanding Leadership Award from Aging Services of Minnesota this past spring, and says she still has a passion for helping seniors. DL NEWSPAPERS/Vicki Gerdes
A passion for leadership: Brinkman’s love for job has weathered many changes
July 1, 2014 - 2:55pm
June 24, 2014
Paxton and his parents, Tasha Licence and Ryan Brummond. Paxton began having symptoms like a runny nose and watery eyes around his first birthday. After his symptoms worsened, a brain scan revealed a large tumor in the back of his brain and along the brain stem. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Perham community prays for toddler with brain tumor
June 24, 2014 - 1:13pm
June 17, 2014
Detroit Lakes teenager Taylor Van de Streek proudly displays “Life Savers,” the poem she wrote honoring the veterans in her life and entered in U.S. Senator Al Franken’s annual poetry contest ­— where she took third place among all entries in grades 10-12. The poem was reprinted in the “Congressional Record,” and a framed copy is now displayed in the senator’s offices. DL NEWSPAPERS/Vicki Gerdes
Poetry contest winner pays tribute to MN veterans
June 17, 2014 - 1:51pm
May 28, 2014
Molly Yeh puts the finishing touches on a chocolate cake with tahani frosting and halva that she’s preparing for her food blog. She lives in East Grand Forks. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Eric Hylden
Food blogger leaves city life for Minnesota farm
May 28, 2014 - 8:00am
April 25, 2014
Karolyn and Bill Zurn of rural Callaway were chosen as Becker County’s 2014 Valley Farmer & Homemaker by the Red River Valley Development Association. The couple raised five children on their Riceville Township farm, which they have operated together for the past 43 years. SUBMITTED PHOTO
True ag advocates: Zurns are Valley Farmer, Homemaker for 2014
April 25, 2014 - 8:00am
April 8, 2014
Grace Mattson, center, was recently the recipient of the Aging Services of Minnesota Volunteer of the Year Award for 2014. Presenting her with the award were Ecumen chaplain Vicki Marthaler and clinical director Cheryl Krause. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Ecumen’s Mattson receives Volunteer of the Year Award
April 8, 2014 - 3:10pm
March 25, 2014
Mentor, Minn., native Roger Johnson was one of the founders of the Detroit Lakes All-City Band Festival, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this Saturday, March 22. He taught elementary band in the Detroit Lakes School District for 28 and a half years. He and his wife, Cleo, have been in attendance at every festival since the first one, which took place on April 28, 1964. DL NEWSPAPERS/Vicki Gerdes
Johnson one of founders of All-City Band Festival
March 25, 2014 - 4:21pm
Ed Clem has been assisting Becker County landowners with their conservation planning since March, 1994. A graduate of Moorhead State University, he has also worked with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources,, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Minnesota Conservation Corps. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Clem is a stalwart with the Becker Soil & Water District
March 25, 2014 - 4:14pm
March 18, 2014
Marcia Otte recently celebrated 25 years of service with the local chapter of the Salvation Army. She has volunteered with the organization since about a year after coming to work at Mahube Community Council in January of 1988. A Mandan, N.D., native, Otte moved to Detroit Lakes that same year, and became Mahube’s family development director, serving the homeless and families in need. DL NEWSPAPERS/Vicki Gerdes
Otte works to help homeless, hungry
March 18, 2014 - 2:11pm
March 4, 2014
Cathy Larson (center) was recently presented with the Teacher of the Year Award by Leatrice Wirtz (left) of the VFW Auxiliary and Dave Coalwell of  VFW Post 1676 in Detroit Lakes. The local VFW and Auxiliary honored Larson for her efforts in “instilling an appreciation of patriotism in her students, past present and future, for the generations that will follow.” DL NEWSPAPERS/Vicki Gerdes
Holy Rosary’s Larson honored by VFW
March 4, 2014 - 1:38pm
February 25, 2014
Jana Tronier prepares a salad at her south Fargo home. Jana had triple bypass surgery at age 43 and now has a new outlook on life. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/David Samson
Triple bypass survivor encourages getting Sanford’s new screening
February 25, 2014 - 4:00pm
February 11, 2014
The seventh annual Giving Hearts Day is set for this Thursday, Feb. 13. Four local nonprofits, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Detroit Lakes & Perham, Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Foundation, Hospice of the Red River Valley and Lakes Crisis & Resource Center. All online donations of $10 during that 24-hour period will be matched. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Nonprofits reach out for help through online fundraiser
February 11, 2014 - 11:47am
January 28, 2014
Detroit Lakes residents Tina and Matthew Moore will be recognized for their participation in the Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program during the Agassiz Leaders Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 29 at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. Tickets for the banquet are available from the Extension office in Crookston. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Detroit Lakes couple will be honored as ‘emerging leaders’
January 28, 2014 - 4:00pm