Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their young son and daughter, and their yellow Lab.
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Big things are happening at Jack Chivers Realty. The longtime pillar of Detroit Lakes real estate is moving to a new location, from its current building on the quiet outskirts of town to a storefront in the bustling heart of downtown.
Traveling the globe to visit beautiful, exotic places; staying in luxurious oceanside resorts; and enjoying a bevy of fine food and drinks—it's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it. Yes, being a travel agent has its perks. The most envy-worthy perk, of course, being travel. Travel agents need to be sure they're not sending their clients to unsafe places or hole-in-the-wall hotels when they help them plan their vacations, and what better way to judge the quality of a place than by visiting it themselves?
With some students in tears and holding each other for comfort, and many others silently braving the winter cold without coats, the kids' commitment to their cause was clear—despite what naysayers may think, they weren't just there to skip class. At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, almost 300 Detroit Lakes High School students, and another couple hundred from the middle school, took part in a 17-minute walkout as a tribute to the 17 victims of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., one month ago.
There's a lot of enthusiastic talk about, "my grandpa does this" or "my grandma does that" amongst the kids after a day of Ag-In-The-Classroom at M State. Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School third grade teacher, Monika Nelson, said she overhears her kids talking about their family connections to farming as they head back to their school on the bus, and, "It's good to hear. The kids learn a lot of real-world stuff (at Ag-In-The-Classroom); it connects them to their grandparents, their pasts."
The title of Ruth Hetland's new book, "Writing With a View of the Graveyard: Life, Loss, and Unruly Grace," has both literal and figurative meanings. When Hetland started writing the book a few years ago, she literally had a view of a graveyard from her office window. She was a pastor at a Texas church at the time. She had recently lost her mother, and her mind was heavy with thoughts of death, grief and mortality.
Even in a room full of kids in crazy costumes, Sheldon Bevins-Mueller stood out. Wearing a traditional Native American headdress with bright orange feathers sticking up toward the sky, the tall, friendly sixth grader caught the eye of everybody who came into the gym at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Thursday.
This is the first in a new occasional series of stories for our monthly History page. Called "A Closer Look," the series will spotlight some of the unique and interesting exhibits on permanent display at the Becker County Museum. Say what you will about Old Three Legs, but that tricky beast was a survivor. The tough timber wolf roamed central Northwestern Minnesota from about 1918 to 1926, managing to elude the best of hunters for years, even with a bounty on his head.
Vicki Welke was named Detroit Lakes School District's 2018 Teacher of the Year at a special ceremony on Tuesday. She and other top nominees from each of the district's schools were honored, including Kristi Joppru, Courtney Henderson, Robbie Cox and Nate Anderson. Welke has been teaching science at Detroit Lakes High School for the past 23 years. She said she's currently teaching chemistry. "It's a little overwhelming," she said of being named Teacher of the Year. "The staff is so amazing that, that they would nominate me just feels wonderful. I work with a great staff.
Trista Garcia was still adjusting to life as a newly single mom when she moved to Detroit Lakes. She returned to Minnesota about two years ago with her seven young children in tow, after living out of the country for several years. They arrived at Garcia's parents' home in Wadena with little more than a couple of suitcases in hand.
In response to a growing demand for more mental health services in the Detroit Lakes area, Stellher Human Services has expanded into a second local office space and is offering additional ways to help people in need.