Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena, all in Minnesota.
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Rossman fifth graders got a taste of how, even as children, they are capable of making somebody else’s dreams come true. The students held a fundraising campaign that generated $2,311. Not a dime of that money will be used on them, though - they raised it for local war veterans who are anxiously awaiting to make their trip of a lifetime to Washington, D.C., on the WDAY Honor Flight.
A Frazee woman is searching for the owner of a mysterious charm bracelet that showed up in a donation box at the Detroit Lakes thrift store she works at. Aleisa Jopp was sifting through some jewelry that had been dropped off at the Helping Hands Thrift Store roughly a month ago when she came across something that made her instantly tear up.
They’re hard to miss - a large, silky, red pair of ladies’ bloomers hanging on the flagpole outside of the Quilt Shop in Detroit Lakes. It isn’t the Washington Avenue shop owner’s way of trying to be riske though, it’s simply a way to mark their store as the drop off place for a collection drive of women’s undergarments to donate to the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center. The drive is aptly called “The Panty Raid.”
The stock market headlines appeared particularly red and alarming this week after the Dow took a free-fall down 550 points by early afternoon Wednesday. Thankfully, somebody pulled the string to the parachute, as it closed at a less frightening loss of 249, giving the markets more of a crash landing than straight up crash. The volatility was enough to cause a lot of drama in the media, but it appears the situation was much calmer on the ground.
Now that White Earth is without a chairperson, what happens now? Erma Vizenor’s term isn’t up until the fall. But according to White Earth Secretary/Treasurer Tara Mason, it’ll be business...
Three people are displaced after a garage fire in Frazee spread to a camper and then to a trailer house. Frazee Fire Chief Regi Ueke says they got the call...
The Compassion House in Detroit Lakes now has its very first patients after the organization converted into a drug and alcohol treatment facility for men. “The first patient checked in two weeks ago; we now have two men staying here,” said Barbara Nelson, director of the Compassion House.
The 20th annual Polar Fest Plunge is coming up soon, and people are already jumping into the fundraiser feet-first. “We’ve had a lot of people register already; traffic to the (web)site last weekend was nuts,” said Pat Petermann, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes, the organization running the event. The Polar Fest Plunge, set for Saturday, Feb. 13, is the club’s largest fundraiser of the year and is always a popular exclamation mark at the end of a weeklong list of Polar Fest activities.
From the time we were little, we were taught to color the world — to take a black and white picture and with our imagination, give it life through all the color palettes available to us. What it would look like was up to us.
Right now there are 85 homeless children enrolled in the Detroit Lakes School District. Yes, 85. Ten of those are unaccompanied teens who have no parent, foster parent or guardian. “I know that’s a huge surprise to people when they hear that,” said Karin Fritz-Staley, a social worker who also serves as the homeless liaison for the school. “It’s a pretty big number for the size district we’re in.”