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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
January 21, 2014
Lake Park-Audubon High School secretary Sheila Nelson was recently chosen as Minnesota’s Office Professional of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals. A lifelong resident of the community, she has been the principal’s secretary at the high school since 1998. DL NEWSPAPERS/Vicki Gerdes
LP-A’s Nelson is MN Office Professional of the Year
January 21, 2014 - 4:42pm
January 14, 2014
Park Rapids High School graduate Elizabeth walker recently moved back to the lakes area when she took a job as an associate attorney at Thorwaldsen & Malmstrom in Detroit Lakes — the same community where her father, William Walker, worked for many years as a district court judge. DETROIT LAKES NEWSPAPERS/Vicki Gerdes
Retired judge’s daughter takes job at DL law firm
January 14, 2014 - 4:00pm
January 9, 2014
Callaway native Don Lefebvre stepped down from his position on the Becker Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors on Dec. 31. A reception in his honor is planned for Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. The public is invited. DL NEWSPAPERS/Vicki Gerdes
After 42 years, Lefebvre leaves Becker SWCD board
January 9, 2014 - 8:00am
January 8, 2014
Tom frank and Corrine Froelich became engaged on Feb. 19, 1978. Tom proposed to Corrine on the ski hill at Detroit Mountain. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Proposal on Detroit Mt.: DL couple recalls romantic moment in 1978
January 8, 2014 - 6:00am
December 31, 2013
Kaylee, Leah, Kalvin and Tommy Greuel share a laugh in front of the Christmas tree at the family home in Hawley. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/David Samson
Mystery of Hawley preschooler’s illness remains
December 31, 2013 - 1:00pm
December 23, 2013
Callaway farmer Karolyn Zurn recently received the President’s Award from the American Agri-Women, during their annual conference in Niagara Falls. Zurn is the president of Minnesota Agri-Women. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Zurn receives American Agri-Women award
December 23, 2013 - 1:00pm
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