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Trying to figure out what's behind losses at the city-owned liquor store the past two years is almost enough to drive Frazee officials to drink. Last year, the municipal on- and off-sale reported an $8,888 loss, and in 2014, it reported a $24,877 loss. "We've been trying to figure out what's going on — we don't know for sure," said Mayor Hank Ludtke. But City Administrator Denise Anderson believes the loss may just be on paper — the result of changing technology and accounting systems.
The recent Detroit Lakes High School Musical "The Little Mermaid" was a great way to show off all the improvements that have been made to the Middle School Auditorium. The audience was wowed by the stage lighting, the sound and the sets. They may or may not have noticed their seats were more comfortable, the carpeting was new, and the walls were painted and sound-baffled. It was all part of a much-needed $1.2 million renovation project at the auditorium over the summer.
Seven area attorneys have been honored for 25 years of service to low-income and elderly Minnesotans in the Judicare program. Attorneys Richard Ziegler, Mary Sorum, Karen Skoyles, Charles Ramstad, Stuart Kitzmann, Elroy Hanson and Zenas Baer all received an "Extraordinary Attorney" award from Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota at its recent 40th anniversary celebration in Detroit Lakes. The awards ceremony was presided over by LSNM's Executive Director Anne Hoefgen and Board President Lawrence McDowell.
Going to be alone on Thanksgiving? Holy Rosary Catholic Church will once again host a community Thanksgiving Feast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the church in Detroit Lakes. "We have the whole deal," said Sue Braun, one of the longtime volunteers at the event. "Turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, relishes, rolls, pumpkin pie, apple pie — everything you would normally have at your Thanksgiving dinner." And the welcome mat is definitely out.
Like many Minnesota shooting ranges, membership in the small Osage Sportsman's Club was aging and numbers were stagnant, until it received a big shot in the arm from an unexpected source — trap shooting became a high school sport in Minnesota. Starting slowly, with three teams, three schools, and 30 athletes statewide from 2001 to 2008, the sport has now grown to 268 teams at 425 schools with 8,600 athletes, according to the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League.
Denise Warren is the new director of Becker County Human Services. Warren, 47, of Waubun, has led the department's 120-plus employees since Oct. 18. With a background in finance and accounting, she worked at the White Earth Tribal College for 13 years, working her way up to director of finance there. Starting with a GED and a two-year accounting degree from what was then Detroit Lakes Technical College, Warren went on to earn a bachelor's degree in business management and then a master's degree in strategic leadership from the University of Mary, Fargo campus.
The Osage Sportman's Club dodged a bullet Tuesday as Becker County Commissioners approved an after-the-fact conditional use permit for tree removal within the Shoreland District. The County Board voted 4-1 (with Commissioner Ben Grimsley dissenting) to concur with the unanimous decision of the Becker County Planning Commission and grant the permit. Prior to the vote on Tuesday, several neighboring property owners—Brian Winczewski, Mahlon Edmonson and Del Carver—spoke heatedly against granting the permit to the Sportsman's Club.
City officials in Frazee were nothing if not resourceful when a power outage left their main polling place at the city Event Center in darkness for nearly 40 minutes on Election Day. "It was an adventure we won't soon forget," said Frazee Deputy Clerk Marian Estenson. "The outage happened a few minutes before 6 p.m. — we were in absolute darkness there," she said. The Event Center polling place is shared by Frazee and Burlington Township, and Burlington Township Clerk Jennifer Beck immediately called the County Auditor-Treasurer's Office.
If you want to cover somebody in love, compassion and gratitude, there's just something about a quilt that can't be beat. Four local 4-H members participated in the Quilts of Valor program and were involved in making quilts for veterans. They also were involved in making more than 60 patriotic pillowcases for veterans. The 4-H members, all from the Happy Hillside 4-H club, were Alyssa Mitchell, Faith Christensen and Luther and Grace Van Offelen.
Enjoying all the negative advertising for local legislative races this year? You're lucky — it's a chance to see the ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United case up close and personal. Nearly $1 million has been spent on mailers, TV, radio and digital ads on races in this area, with more than $700,000 of that (almost entirely negative) coming from outside groups. "Voters deserve to know who is trying to buy their votes," said Terry Kalil, president of the League of Women Voters of Minnesota.