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"We're best friends now!" is something I seem to be saying a lot lately. Everyone has a story and I find myself taking the time to listen to people's stories, like my taxi driver from Thailand, who I met last month and drove me two hours to the Bangkok Airport, or Roger, gas station owner from small town USA, who I met last weekend. I always take a selfie afterward to capture the memory and then add, "Well now that we're best friends, we'll always be in touch."
FARGO — In a brochure that developers of a proposed new outlet shopping center in Fargo sends to prospective tenants, West Acres Mall is featured prominently as part of a vibrant local retail scene. The mall, the brochure boasted, has 7 million visitors a year and sales of $517 per square foot in 2015, which puts it in the top category of Class A malls. All the mall's tenants are then listed.
Over the past week, Detroit Lakes and other area fire departments have been called out numerous times to help with things like vehicles going into lakes and rivers, house fires, a large business fire in Perham...the list is lengthy. These people are woken out of their warm beds in the middle of the night when it's dangerously frigid outside and asked to brave not only the weather, but the harsh, exhausting situation they're handed.
It's a pretty good problem to have: so many students excelling in so many areas of activities that you have to hold an entire event just to recognize them all. This is the case at the Detroit Lakes High School, as school officials held a pep fest on Dec. 2 to recognize achievements ranging from arts to sports to academics. The festival will be held three times a year to recognize students throughout different seasons; here is fall:
The day Scott Geiselhart of Frazee tried to shoot himself in the head is the day he believes he began really living. "I started seeing in color again," he said, saying he knows that sounds a little crazy. "But I do. And I haven't had a nightmare in way over two years...haven't had a flashback, a craving for meth, and no anger," said Geiselhart, whose life had slowly become all of those things due to what he says was the repeated exposure to the worst kind of trauma.
"I wanted people to know that, growing up, my sons had every advantage without being over-indulged, and that if this could happen to our family, this could happen to anybody," said Dana Chase, as she held her newly published memoir, "In Spite of Heroin".
Wednesday, Nov. 23 At 9:20 a.m. a caller reported smoke coming from a garage on the 1300 block of East Shore Drive. At 9:03 p.m. a vehicle's tires were slashed on the 400 block of East State Street in Detroit Lakes. Thursday, Nov. 24 At 7:27 a.m. an ATM machine was stolen from Cormorant Inn & Suites. The incident is still under investigation. At 8:05 a.m. a 2005 Chevy Tahoe was reported stolen. Friday, Nov. 25
Did you know that according to the National Centers for Environmental Information only ten states get less than five inches of snow each winter? That makes for a lot of very cold, very fed up Americans once February rolls in. If you're one of them, you may be tempted to join the flocks of snowbirds who migrate to warmer parts of the world for a few weeks every year. Think it's impractical? Think again. See the Sun Belt on a budget.
Donna Overby of Detroit Lakes has always loved decorating and baking for Christmas, but in 1996, she found herself in a bit of a holiday funk. Her kids were all grown up and moved away, and she'd lost her parents. It would only be her and her husband, Bob. "I'd kind of lost my Christmas spirit," said Overby, who says her husband took notice that their house seemed a bit...unfestive. "He says, 'Aren't you even going to decorate for Christmas?', and I said, "No, what for? It's just us."
It's been a while now since we put a man on the moon, and as if that hasn't been cool enough for humans to brag about for decades now, we have only become more sophisticated and brilliant in our technology since then. So with all of our country's wealth and intelligence, why is it we can't seem to stop scammers from hitting up our grandmas and grandpas over the phone? Compared to so many other feats we've been able to accomplish, this would appear to be really doable, wouldn't it?