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Karen Nitzkorski is going to find out if an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. She is the local face of an ambitious $1.4 million state project called SHIP (for statewide health improvement project) designed to help Minnesotans lead healthier lives. The focus of the first big effort is childhood obesity, and Nitzkorski -- SHIP's community organizer for Becker, Clay, Otter Tail and Wilkin counties -- has hit the ground running. She had to -- there isn't much time: The program ends at the end of June, 2011, and may not be extended if the state's finances continue to be de
The idea of bringing back Detroit Mountain as an outdoor recreation area started almost as soon as the ski area closed about eight years ago. "A couple of us had talked about whether we could operate the ski area, since it was closing," said Jeff Staley, chairman of the Bring Detroit Mountain Back organization. The 200-acre property is listed for sale at $1.5 million, but owner Bob Bekkerus says he's interested in Becker County's offer to swap his land for some tax-forfeited land.
Businesses looking for a unique home may want to check out the possibilities of the new Gateway development area in Detroit Lakes. The area is roughly located between Central Market and the back side of the downtown businesses on Washington Avenue. It was created by the Highway 10 project when a loop of the former highway reverted to the city. The Detroit Lakes development Authority decided Tuesday to open it up to individual businesses, rather than finding a company to redevelop the whole area. "By taking this step, we're basically assuming development responsibility ourselves," said
With the Red River expected to crest in Fargo-Moorhead at near-record levels on Saturday, Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena is organizing daily buses for volunteers to lay sandbag dikes. A bus will leave at 5 p.m. each day from the Detroit Lakes Police Department at 106 Holmes Street East. It will return at 11 p.m. The first busload went Tuesday, and there will be daily buses leaving at 5 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday. This weekend, buses will roll twice a day -- from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and again from 3 p.m.
The flowering rush that uglifies the city beach in Detroit Lakes every summer is sort of the mystery man of the invasive species crowd -- not a whole lot is known about how to kill or control it. That's because its impact is largely limited to a few Minnesota lakes, and so it's up to the locals to figure out a solution to the problem. Frustrated by lack of progress in its attacks on flowering rush that date back to the 1980s, the Pelican River Watershed District is considering a new approach. That means understanding the enemy.
Detroit Lakes police were kept busy last week with the unexpected deaths of four people over three days in separate incidents. Those who died include a 3-month old boy, an 11-year-old boy, a 48-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man. Foul play is not suspected in any of the deaths, but a routine autopsy has been ordered in at least one case. According to Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena, on Tuesday at 4:19 p.m. an emergency call was received from a licensed daycare on the 1300 block of Pelican Lane. A 3-month-old boy was not breathing.
In July of 2007, the Lake Park-Audubon School District approved what was then a somewhat radical idea -- provide extra help for struggling students in kindergarten, first and second grades. The conventional approach was to essentially wait until those children to fail, then put them in special education programs later in elementary school to try to get them caught up. Most of those students never left special education once they entered it. The new program, called Response to Intervention, aimed to lower the percentage of special education students at LP-A, which usually hovered around 1
The Lake Park-Audubon School Board accepted the resignation of girls basketball head coach Andrew Schwan and assistant coach Darrin Myhre on Thursday. They both resigned from teaching, coaching and other positions at LP-A following allegations of impropriety with players during a tournament in St. Cloud. Schwan taught social studies and Myhre taught business education. The district will advertise to fill those vacancies. The St. Cloud Police Department is investigating the allegations.
No good deed goes unpunished. Becker County found that out this week with the unveiling of Gov.