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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When it comes to competing in mini car derbies, local scouts are on the right track. The Detroit Lakes Cub Scout Pack 605 held its annual Pinewood Derby at M State on March 6, continuing the pack's longstanding and beloved tradition, and the Detroit Lakes Girl Scouts followed that up with a brand new event of their own, the Pine Car Derby.
Spring officially sprung on Tuesday, and while it may not feel like it yet, soon enough that icy white stuff will melt away, and everybody who's been holed up inside their houses all winter will be itching to get out and enjoy the warmer weather. The Art & Architecture Walking Tour of Detroit Lakes offers a new outlet for this seasonal burst of energy—an excuse to get outside, get some exercise, and learn a little bit more about the history and creative culture of the community.
The Frazee FFA Chapter's Small Animals team competed in a regional competition at the University of Minnesota Crookston recently. The team received 1st place and will advance to the state competition in April. Team members and their individual places are as follows, left to right: Jamie Kiehl, 7th; Harley Stroburg, 4th; Charlee Putnam, 9th; and Katelyn Mack, 5th. (Submitted photo)
Roosevelt Elementary School is having a Read-A-Thon "funraiser" to encourage students to read. Organized by the school's PTO, the event kicked off on March 19 and will continue through Friday, April 20. Students can win prizes by logging their reading hours and securing pledges of financial support for their efforts. For every 30 minutes they read, students will be entered into a drawing to win a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. The "Top Reader" from each grade level will automatically receive a gift certificate.
It was a winning season for the Detroit Lakes Middle School sixth grade Math Masters, which took home a majority of the top awards given out at regionals this year. The school sent six teams of five students each to compete at this year's regional Math Master Challenge in Moorhead, Minn. on March 16. Students competed in three rounds of challenges, both in teams and as individuals.
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.