DL News Staff
Oct. 13, 1939-Dec. 3, 2005 JoAnn M. Kruger, 66, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, December 3, 2005 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center, Detroit Lakes. JoAnn Marie Leines was born to Joseph and Agnes (Sather) Leines on Oct. 13, 1939 near Gary, Minn. She lived on the family farm until junior high age, when she moved to Oregon with her family for a couple of years. They then moved to Bejou, Minn., where JoAnn lived until she married. She graduated from Mahnomen High School in 1957. After graduation, JoAnn went to work at Ness/Wild Rice Auto in Mahnomen.
Our community lost a great leader this past week. Moon Roberts, a young Anishinaabe man from Ponsford (son of Lyman and Sue Roberts) took his own life in Cass Lake. This is an immense loss not only for the Anishinaabe people, but for all of northern Minnesota. Future generations hold our hopes. Moon did more than that in his short life.
One of the most popular saints of the Christian church, Saint Nicholas, is the patron saint of sailors, travelers and especially children. Much of Europe still celebrates Dec. 6, the date of Saint Nicholas' death as Saint Nicholas Day. Saint Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra in Lycia, 300 years after the birth of Christ was so popular with children that the name Santa Claus comes from SINTERKLAAS, Dutch for Saint Nicholas. On Dec. 6, Saint Nicholas Day, I was traveling down U.S. Highway 10 in central Minnesota headed toward St. Paul.
All year long, local businesses are asked to chip in to make the community a better place. And all year long, they come through. The Community Center in Detroit Lakes wouldn't be there now without a huge effort on the part of the business community, which came through with more than its share of donations when contributions were being taken for construction. That's the most noticeable example, but business people give continuously throughout the year, to a wide variety of local charities and improvement groups. Now, the Christmas shopping time is upon us, and it's payback time.
The people's reform movement that busted the Soviet bloc, ended communism in East Central Europe and climaxed with the demise of the Berlin Wall in 1989 began in Poland nearly 20 years earlier. Lech Walesa was the undisputed spark plug. Walesa was first detained for union activism in 1970 at age 27. By 1976 the shipyard electrician was fired for union activities, but continued to organize anti-Communist free trade unions with other activists. In August 1980, his former coworkers were on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk.
As the new senior living residency manager, Corrine Soyring is responsible for the management of the St. Mary's Senior Living Supportive Services Program (the assisted living program), and the oversight of Lincoln Park and Winchester on Washington in Detroit Lakes. Soyring began her employment at St. Mary's in 1997 as a registered nurse in the Home Health Department. In July of 2001, she assumed the position of the R.N. assisted living coordinator with the opening of Lincoln Park Assisted Living. Prior to working at St.
West Central Initiative recently appointed Sue Weber to its Board of Directors. Weber is the owner of Insight Training in Alexandria. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in communications from U of M , Minneapolis. Sue is involved with the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber Ambassador's Club, Youth Mentor Program, Listening Ear Crisis Center and has served as a Past Board Member for Listening Ear Crisis Center and Knute Nelson Memorial Home. West Central Initiative is a foundation that serves Becker, Clay, Grant, Douglas, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties.
Ghost Runner of Perham, has added taxi service to its list of services offered. Owner, Terrie Anderson purchased two new mini vans and literally "hit the road", launching a much needed service to area residents young and old alike. Daytime taxi service is, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; evening taxi service is until 2 a.m. Ghost Runner offers discount cards for dart, bowling and league players and special events.
Online readers, rejoice: On Monday, Detroit Lakes Newspapers will unveil its new DL-Online Web site, with much-improved features for our readers and advertisers.