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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.
There's a lot more to being a pharmacist than pouring pills from a big bottle into a little bottle. The key parts of the job are to make sure the right pills get into that little bottle, and especially that medications don't negatively interact with each other. Pharmacists also talk with patients -- sometimes people who tend to avoid doctors -- and sometimes, those pharmacists save lives in the process. At the Sanford Clinic pharmacy in Detroit Lakes, the job also entails making IV solutions and topical anesthetics for the same-day surgery unit. And for registered pharmacist Julie Kauf
Housing construction is picking up this year, after several years of being in the doldrums. "I do see it getting better, it's coming along fairly good," said Allen Keller, owner of GCI Builders of St. Cloud. He owns the Golden Bay Shores development on Deadshot Bay. "I think people are excited," he said.
Bras are decorating the front of the Norby's Department Store along Washington Avenue as part of the Bras with a Cause fund-raiser this week. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Also a part of the event is a Little Pink Dress Party on Friday beginning at 4 p.m. at Seven Sisters Spirits with a cheese and wine tasting. The party moves over to Little Easy on the Green at the Detroit Country Club. Tickets are $30 (or $50 for two) and are available at Leighton Broadcasting.
Two sitting county commissioners will face off in the Nov. 6 general election -- a showdown that came about because redistricting put them both in the same new district. The new District 3 encompasses the townships of Lakeview, Burlington, Erie and Holmesville. Gerry Schram has been on the board for four years and John Okeson has been a commissioner for two years. Schram, 66, is retired from car sales at Norseman Motors, where he worked for over 34 years. Okeson, 64, worked at the Becker County Highway Department for more than 40 years, retiring as maintenance supervisor.
Great North Pizza Co. is up and running, with its signature hand-rolled crust pizza for sale in bars and grocery stores from Mahnomen to Wahpeton. The fledgling Detroit Lakes business is owned by Zach Taves, operations manager, Becca Taves, office manager and Andrew Satter, sales manager. They make five varieties of 13-inch pizzas -- starting with hand-rolled dough they make themselves in a giant mixer.