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Social media during election season is brutal. It's a time when people unfriend each other based on political views or will publically spar with otherwise amiable acquaintances over issues they will never make an actual effort to help change. Some have the ability to remain civil, but for others, social media brings out the very worst side of them - the angry, harsh, swearing-like-a-sailor-fresh-off-the-ship side. It is what it is.
Jane Eastes of Battle Lake took the top honors in Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge's 15th Annual Photography Contest. Winners were announced at the awards presentation held at the Washington Square Mall on October 16. Her photo, Nature's Drilling Rigs was chosen out of 108 entries. Its unique subject, stunning details and color captured the judges' attention. The People's Choice Award went to Full Moon Swans submitted by Patti Doeden. This award was determined by public voting during Tamarac's Fall Festival and National Wildlife Refuge Week at the mall.
A corrective story to one this newspaper published earlier this month: Local veterans groups spoke out about funding cuts it was seeing for its military funerals, which is indeed the case, but the article stated the cuts were coming from the state, when in fact they were federal cuts. Half a million dollars was sliced from the federal budget--money that was traditionally used to send National Guard members trained on the specifics of conducting a Military Honor Funeral.
You know that feeling you get after eating a gray-looking piece of chicken that makes you chew a little slower because you're pretty sure you shouldn't be swallowing it? That's the same feeling many walked away with Sunday night after watching the second presidential debate. Something wasn't quite right, and now many are left feeling like that queeziness is just a prelude to the full blown food poisoning that awaits.
Perhaps you misunderstand us, Mr. Usama Dakdok, so let's get things clear. When you stood up and spewed hate speech at our local "Meet Your Muslim Neighbors" event designed to build bridges and create understanding, you were not a welcomed presence. You came all the way from Florida to do this first in Brainerd and now here, but as it turns out, we were not the audience you probably thought we were.
It's puppy mania over at the Humane Society of the Lakes these days, as two batches of rescue puppies from Texas are grabbing the hearts of local animal lovers. One litter of German shepherd-rottweiler mix puppies and their mama, along with another litter of German shepherd-boxer mix puppies were sitting in a high-kill shelter in Texas at the beginning of last month with an unknown and possibly dark future. But according to shelter workers, a local woman who has homes in Detroit Lakes and Texas volunteered to change their lives.
It was one of those moments that, as a parent, puts a pit in your stomach and a lump in your throat. On Saturday three of my children and I road tripped from Detroit Lakes to Fergus Falls to watch my oldest daughter in a swim meet. If you haven't been to the Fergus Falls High School, it's great, complete with a large, beautiful park across the street.
It's a local event that continues to gain momentum, as a growing number of people appear more and more anxious for the annual Damien Home Tour in Detroit Lakes. "We were up again last year, to around 500 people now (taking the tour)," said Karen Buboltz, one of the Damiens working to put together the fundraising event. Every year the Detroit Lakes Damiens select five homeowners with some of the most fabulous houses in the area who are willing to open them up to the public. It's a massive open-house tour that is becoming increasingly popular.
On Saturday, Aug. 27, County Road 135 will be closed from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Indian Creek Road to Two Inlets Road. Spectators for the Ojibwe Forest Rally and other traffic can follow the County Road 144 detour and go south on on County Road 135 - the detours will be marked.
A White Earth man has been sentenced on a felony drug conviction. Edward Manuel Romero, 25, was found guilty of fifth degree drug possession and was sentenced to 15 months in prison, stayed for five years. He will instead spend 30 days in the Becker County Jail, receiving credit for 14 days of time already served.