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From motorcycling across the country to hitchhiking to riding the rails, Duane "Digger" Carey was a young rebel who took an unusual route to becoming a NASA astronaut. Born to a single teenage mom, he was one of three siblings that grew up in the projects of St. Paul. "I hated school so bad, I didn't want to go to school," he told a crowd of youngsters at the Mahnomen tribal college Thursday. "I missed 35 or 40 days in second grade. I used to hide in the woods and freeze instead of going to school."
Members of the Minnesota National Guard, including companies based in Detroit Lakes, Bemidji and Wadena, made a strong showing during their National Training Center rotation at Fort Irwin, California, in June. And they'll be heading to Europe this summer. The Bearcats (The 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry Regiment) is a Minnesota Army National Guard battalion headquartered in Moorhead.
Minnesotans love their lakes, but few have been so willing to put their money where their mouths are as the environmentally-minded folks who love Bad Medicine Lake in northeastern Becker County. Supporters of the Bad Medicine Lake Area Foundation have donated tens of thousands of dollars to help turn 1.8 miles of shoreline into aquatic management areas. So far, a dozen parcels with a total appraised value of $2.6 million have purchased and are now managed for the public as AMAs by the DNR Fish and Wildlife Division.
For some 30 years, Young Life has been selling fresh-cut Christmas trees in Detroit Lakes. It's a great holiday tradition that helps raise money for a great cause, and customers include newcomers as well as old-timers who have bought a tree from Young Life every year for three decades, said Peter Paulson, director of Lakes Area Young Life. The tree lot is located on South Washington Avenue again this year, across from Burnside's and next to Weum Chiropractic.
Two people were injured in separate crashes on an icy Highway 10 east of Lake Park Saturday evening. At about 8 p.m. a 1993 Chevy C1500 pickup truck driven by...
One Becker County woman saw her $400,000 home valuation drop by about $90,000. A man in Detroit Lakes saw his home valuation drop from $150,000 to $130,000. In the Long Bridge Heights area, neighbors with similar homes saw valuations that went sharply in both directions. Seeing some big changes in your home valuation? It's probably due to a new software program that has been rolled out by the Becker County Assessor's Office. "The values we set last spring are the values in the Truth-in-Taxation notice that just went out," said Becker County Assessor Steve Carlson.
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.