Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena, all in Minnesota.
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Detroit Mountain hasn’t been in operation since 2003, meaning skiing has not yet been a significant part of their lives the way it was for many adults who grew up here. That’s about to change, and when mountain management began creating the master plan to re-open, they did so with the smallest skiers in mind. “For kids, we have quite an extensive learn-to-ski program,” said Shelly Stowman, who is heading up the Ski School programs. Stowman says children are the best students and tend to catch on quickly because they often lack the one thing that holds adults back. “They don’t have
But those beautiful trails are much like veins that lead straight to the heart — and at this mountain, that heart is the lodge. The lodge
How do you completely turn yourself around? You turn 180 degrees in the right direction. This is what fitness expert Misty Lamppa is hoping to help people do as they strive for better health and physical fitness. Lamppa is set to open her new yoga studio in Detroit Lakes, aptly named 180 Balance. She is currently signing people up for classes as construction nears completion on the newly renovated studio at 813 Washington Ave., where Ginny’s Boutique once was. Lamppa, who grew up in Duluth, became more and more interested in the concept of physical fitness as a soccer player for
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Area residents are once again showing the caring sides of their hearts, as the Angel Tree continues to be picked apart name by name. The tree, which is set up in the Boys and Girls Club Thrift Store in Detroit Lakes, is helping ensure area children in need get presents for Christmas. Tags drip from the tree that include the information of boy or girl, their age and what they’d like for Christmas. This is the fourth year the Angel Tree has been set up, and according to Cary Perell, store manager, the public’s participation in the tree has grown tremendously. “I think the first year
Four straight days of ice-thawing temperatures has local officials warning ice fishermen to be extra cautious of possible changes in the ice conditions. A colder-than average start to the winter had some anglers angling for a jumpstart to the season, as fish houses began dotting the lake by the second weekend of deer hunting. Little snow and cold temperatures did create a good, solid foundation for ideal ice conditions locally, but experts say even a short warm up like this one can create change very quickly. “I know there are cars out on Little Detroit, but it’s not something that we
It’s likely one of the most beautiful, heart-warming, old-fashioned Christmas services around — Candles and Carols at Trinity Lutheran Church. The 12th annual event, which happens Sunday, Dec. 21, at 4:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. “Everybody gets their own candle,” said Mark Berg, director of music and arts programs at Trinity.
Life in small towns can often mean a little more peace and quiet and a little more room to breathe. However, it can also mean driving 15 miles just to get a gallon of milk. This is when a quaint little small-town grocery store can quickly turn into the best value in town. “I bought the store in 2007,” said Heath Peterson, owner of Frazee Family Foods.
“They call me the hat lady,” giggled Detroit Lakes woman Louanne Gerdes, sitting among the many knitting projects that dot her basement. She admits that the process of knitting a wool hat is one that tends to move like molasses in January, even for those who know what they’re doing. “If you sit there and do it all day, you can maybe get two done,” said Gerdes, who, according to those estimations, would have had to sit for 43 and a half days doing nothing but knitting in order to finish her latest charitable donation. “Right here I’ve got about 75 hats and 12 scarves,” said Gerdes.