Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena, all in Minnesota.
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A grain bin fire northwest of Lake Park had fire crews busy Thursday afternoon. The fire started just before 2 p.m. in a corn bin at 11345 County Highway 14. According to a Becker County Deputy on the scene, there was very little corn in the bin, which meant the fire was short-lived. Fire crews from Lake Park and Hitterdal responded to the fire and were still on the scene to monitor the smoldering bin as of Thursday 5 p.m.
The Becker County Sheriff's Department is seeking information on the wherabouts of Eric Sheldon Hambleton, 29. Hambleton was reported missing on March 15 by his family. He was last seen near Cormorant Village on March 10. If anybody has information on Hambleton, contact the Becker County Sheriff's Department at 218-847-2661.
"When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: You haven't." - Thomas Edison I thought about this statement the other day as I watched excavation crews digging into the first phase of the project that will give this community a new Boys and Girls Club. "It's finally happening," I thought.
To the students who walked out of class,
One man with a gun has been arrested following a dramatic scene near the Detroit Lakes Middle School/Roosevelt Elementary complex today. According to Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steve Todd, management at the Food-N-Fuel on Barbara Avenue, two blocks away from the schools, called police about a suspicious man who was sleeping in a vehicle that had been sitting in the gas station's parking lot. The call came in at 3:14 p.m., so things started to unravel just as school was getting out.
The Detroit Lakes Tribune ran an article Wednesday on a guy known for being a remarkable man in Perham - Tom Gould, owner of T.A. Gould Jewelry. The article told of Gould's medical diagnoses of normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH), a condition that causes a buildup of fluid in the brain's ventricles, essentially putting pressure on the brain and causing difficulty in walking, talking and affects behavior and memory.
As the monster Hurricane Irma churned towards Florida Thursday, Detroit Lakes resident Barb Herzog is busy trying to get out of its way. The Department of Defense employee working for the U.S. Navy manages a naval marina on Key West, and if the saying "hurry up and wait" doesn't apply to the military this time, it certainly applies to Irma evacuees. "Well, I'm going 7-miles an hour right now," said Herzog as she drove a detour off a closed I-70 in north Florida. "At least I'm not at a standstill anymore."
Breaking bread together has long been a thing that brings people together, and fall around the Detroit Lakes area is big for lots of church meals designed to bring in the public, bring together their congregation and to bring forth new funds and new opportunities. Grace Salad Luncheon
There is so much back and forth over whether or not the smoking age should be raised to 21, as city councils in Detroit Lakes, Frazee and Perham contemplate the move. There are some legitimate arguments on both sides, but it does get a little tiring to hear people argue that, "If you can join the military, go off to war and give your life for this country at 18 years old, then you should have the right to smoke at 18." Um, what? Those two concepts have nothing to do with each other. Nothing.
Fifteen-year-old Parker Eastman of Detroit Lakes remains missing as of Friday morning, suspected of running away. He's got no cell phone, no money, no personal transportation, no ID, and his friends and family have heard nothing. "I have no idea where he is or if he's even safe," said his mother, Meghan Eastman, as emotion catches in her voice. Eastman has been spreading her mission to find her son on social media in the hopes that somebody will come forward with information.