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Polar Fest -- Detroit Lakes' celebration of all things cold and snowy -- swept through town like a festive blizzard last week. Highlights included a resurgent fishing derby, a dance, fireworks, and of course, the Polar Plunge. "Oh my God, that's cold, I can't hardly breathe," said a chattering Jennifer Bristlin, after jumping into the icy waters of Little Detroit with two friends -- Chris Hukriede and Chrisy Wierima -- who took the Polar Plunge on behalf of Emmanuel Community. They raised $631. "It's kind of like my bungee-jumping experience," Bristlin added.
The mid-life years, the 30s, 40s and 50s, are a time to develop habits that will help you stay healthy into your 60s, 70s and 80s. "It's usually a point in life when we're talking about health maintenance," said Dr.
Lake outlets and siphon systems operated by the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District will be turned off to minimize downstream flooding this spring. The shutdown date has not been established, but watershed officials have been talking about sometime in early March. In this area, the valve on the Long Lake siphon has been removed. Long Lake has come down nearly 20 inches in two weeks after the siphon was repaired.
The Becker County Taxpayers Association continues to be unhappy with assessment work done in Becker County. Taxpayer Association President Les Ristinen came before the county board Tuesday with a long litany of complaints -- at least one of which has been investigated through an on-site visit by a state official, and determined to be unfounded. He was particularly critical of assessment work done in Wolf Lake Township, brandishing a thick file and alleging that lakeshore property there was not fairly assessed. He asked commissioners for comments, but Chairman Barry Nelson said the board
If you want to get an answer that makes sense, you have to ask the right question. I set out to do a story on the spiritual and emotional path to staying young. But a better question is, how do we stay connected and vibrant and growing, no matter what our age? And if we feel unconnected, dull and stagnant, how do we change that? A strong spiritual base can help people get through the tough times as they age, said Vicki Marthaler, chaplain at Emmanuel Community in Detroit Lakes.
Most dog owners know their pets would happily follow them to work if they could -- and some fortunate canines get to do just that. Two Great Danes greet visitors to Dan Hagen's office at Lakeshirts. One carries a stuffed bear the size of a small child. They are as friendly and sociable as any two dogs could be.
Becker County Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen won the Treasurer of the Year award at the 2011 Minnesota Association of County Officers Conference in Bloomington last week. "Ryan is very thorough in regards to his responsibilities," said Nancy Grabanski, acting county administrator.
When in doubt, cut Local Government Aid. That seems to be the motto of Minnesota lawmakers, who are once again looking to deal with the state's budget woes with deep LGA cuts. Detroit Lakes will have to put off purchase of a much-needed plow truck for the street department and delay other equipment purchases to make up for the $260,000 it would lose under the proposal, according to City Administrator Bob Louiseau. "If we are cut, we'll have to go through our capital improvements budget and determine what we can do there," he said. The new truck is needed to replace an aging truck that
Good news for 300 local families on a waiting list for home heating assistance -- Minnesota will receive an additional $56.3 million in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds. When added to the $86.4 million in federal funds already received by the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program, it will bring the total for the heating season to $142.7 million. "It is definitely good news for the area and for the state," said Nancy Cummings, energy programs coordinator for Mahube Community Council. The 300 low-income families on the Mahube waiting list applied after the original Dec
After working long and hard to lay the groundwork for Becker County's new Recreational Plan, a steering committee is ready to hand the ball off to the county board. Thanks to the project, the county has created a very useful website with an interactive, multi-layer map showing designated trails and other recreational amenities --including public accesses, snowmobile trails, campsites and hiking trails -- 16 categories in all. For hunters, there is a separate map showing tax-forfeited lands by township.