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SJE Rhombus has come a long way since it was born in Stephen Johnson's garage in 1975 -- and retiring CEO Laurie Lewandowski has been a big part of the company almost from the beginning. "When I came there were six or seven people, so I got to do a lot of things -- make product, box product, ship product," she said. There are now 380 employees across the company's multiple locations -- including about 180 employees at the company's manufacturing plant and headquarters building on County Road 6 just west of Detroit Lakes. The founder's quiet, low-key leadership style led to the company's
A two-vehicle accident on Highway 34 East in Detroit Lakes sent two people to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. Larry Olson, 67, of Detroit Lakes and April Madole, 31, of Frazee were both transported by ambulance to Essentia St. Mary's Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to Detroit Lakes Police Chief Tim Eggebraaten. Both were eastbound on Highway 34 about a quarter mile east of Cenex. Olson's vehicle was stopped waiting to make a left turn and it was rear-ended by Madole's vehicle, according to the accident report. Both were alone in their vehicles.
Chief Deputy Kelly Shannon has been appointed to fill out the unexpired term of Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon.
As you can see by the name, LakePlace.com is a web-based real estate company -- but it now has a brick-and-mortar presence in downtown Detroit Lakes. The owners are Bruce and Jodi Zeller, and LakePlace.com is located downstairs from Curves, which Jodi manages at 831 Washington Ave. "I'm kind of a franchise for LakePlace.com," Bruce Zeller said. "The goal is to have an office in virtually every lakeshore market in time -- it's kind of a lofty goal, but that's what they want to do." The "they" in question are business partners Dave Gooden and Cameron Henkel.
DFLer Paul Marquart faced off against Republican Paul Sandman in a Minnesota Senate District 4 candidate forum last week at M State, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. In his opening statement, Sandman said his family is the fourth-generation living on the Sandman farm near Hawley. He has had a long sales career, first in autos and now in radio advertising. He is the youngest of three children and "I always said that I would be the one to move back to rural Minnesota," he said.
OK. One thing we can all agree on is that Kent Eken didn't vote to raise the so-called Granny Tax. Eken, a DFLer from Twin Valley who has served in the Minnesota House for five terms, is running against Republican Phil Hansen of Detroit Lakes for the Minnesota Senate District 4 seat. Longtime DFL Sen. Keith Langseth of Glyndon hung up his spurs this year, leaving an open seat on the Nov.
DFLer Kent Eken faced off against Republican Phil Hansen in a Minnesota Senate District 4 candidate forum Thursday at M State, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. In his opening statement, Hansen said he grew up on a farm and found success on the football field. He graduated from NDSU (where he played football) with a degree in agricultural economics and a minor in business administration. He went on to play 11 seasons of professional football with the Buffalo Bills. After his pro football career, he moved with his wife to Detroi
Ramsey Flooring is a growing presence in Detroit Lakes, where its owners have history going back to the 1950s. Steve Ramsey is currently the sole owner, though he said he is working towards joint ownership with brothers Dan and Brian, who work with him in sales and installation. From its 8,000-square-foot showroom and warehouse in the original Detroit Lakes industrial park, Ramsey Flooring handles sales and installation of "anything to do with floor covering," Steve said.
Becker County Board District 2 candidates Ben Grimsley and Craig Fontaine faced off in a candidate forum Thursday at M State, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Becker County Board District 3 candidates John Okeson and Gerry Schram participated in a candidate forum Thursday at M State, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. In his opening statement, Okeson pointed to deep roots in Becker County. He has a lot of family in the Holmesville-Richwood area, where he was raised on a dairy farm. He has two children and five grandchildren, and worked for 42 years with the county highway department, mostly in supervision and administration positions.