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Addiction is a disease that attacks the body, mind, spirit and family — and all are treated together in White Earth's unique approach to behavioral health care. The White Earth MOMS Program won the Commissioner's Circle of Excellence Award two years ago for tackling the opioid epidemic hurting pregnant mothers and their babies in White Earth.
Detroit Lakes schools are getting older and some are bursting at the seams, so school officials are hoping voters will give their blessing to a nearly-$50 million combination of additions, renovations and infrastructure upgrades to solve the problem. Unhappy with either the price tag, the location of the new school or the plans for existing schools, voters have rejected three prior levy referendums to build a new school.
It had only been about eight years since he graduated from the Frazee High School gym when the community gathered once again Thursday to say goodbye to 26-year-old Kyle Quittschreiber. That included rows of DNR officers, deputies, state troopers, police officers, firefighters and rescue workers. Quittschreiber was a DNR conservation officer and a member of the Vergas Rescue Squad. He died Aug. 24 in a skid steer accident at his rural Frazee home.
Are we in for an early autumn? The monarch butterflies and the common loons say yes. The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center says the odds are against it. "There are some things that point to an early fall, like groups of loons that start gathering earlier than normal, and the monarchs have already started to go through the area," said Guide Service owner Brad Laabs of Detroit Lakes.
From the time he was a little boy, Kyle Quittschreiber knew he wanted to be a conservation officer with the Minnesota DNR. "My dad was taking him fishing when he was really young, and a game warden stopped by to talk to them — ever since then he told everyone 'that's what I'm going to do,'" said his sister, Kayla Quittschreiber. And why not? The boy took to the outdoors like a duck to water. "He loved to be fishing and hunting — anything outdoors," Kayla said. "If he was in a deer stand, he was happy."
Dave Hughes, the Republican hoping to wrest away DFLer Collin Peterson's long-held seat in the U.S. House, is trying to convince President Trump to hold a rally in the western Minnesota 7th District. "I think if he comes to western Minnesota, I will win by double digits," Hughes said Thursday. "There were 33,500 people who voted for Trump who had never voted before." Hughes lost to Peterson by just 5 percentage points two years ago, when Trump's red wave swept the state, and he hopes to complete the mission this year.
Concerned about inmate medical care, Becker County is looking at a possible contract with an outside medical firm to staff a small clinic in the new county jail. Depending on how much the county wants to spend, the firm would provide a full time registered nurse and possibly a full time medical technician to serve the inmate population. A three-year contract with MEnD Correctional Care, PLLC would cost $195,700 a year for both the RN and lead health technician, or $144,300 for the RN alone.
Two current deputies along with relatives of former Becker County Sheriff Warren Rethwisch were among those honored for saving the lives of two people on Little Detroit Lake July 7. The awards were given out at a Becker County Board meeting Tuesday. The saga began on the evening of July 7, when a man and a woman jumped off their boat to go for a swim. But it was windy and the boat floated away from them, leaving them exhausted and separated after a vain attempt to get back to the boat.
There's good energy at A Place to Belong, a social club for people with mental illness in the Greystone Annex in Detroit Lakes. On Wednesday, club members and board members were playing cards after a homemade spaghetti social, while others played on a computer, talked or watched TV in comfortable chairs. Living with serious mental illness is no joke, and it can be easy to isolate and not take care of yourself. A Place to Belong is a powerful force for good pulling against the negativity.
Filing closed Tuesday for school board and city council races, and there will be some new faces in local government. School boards - There will be at least two newcomers on the Detroit Lakes School Board. Five people filed for three open seats: April Thomas, Kylie Johnson, Tom Trowbridge, Jennifer Pedersen and Robert Strand. Current board members Brenda Muckenhirn and David Langworthy did not file for reelection.