Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena, all in Minnesota.
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Huge changes are happening at the Compassion House in Detroit Lakes as the shelter that once housed homeless men will now instead be a place for homeless women and children. “All of the men are out now,” said Lynette Price, who will remain the executive director for the facility as it changes its mission. “We have been able to transition all of the men into some kind of permanent or supportive housing — some stayed here in Detroit Lakes, some went to Fargo-Moorhead or other areas where they have family,” she said, adding that while the shelter peaked at around 20 or so residents last win
Volunteers with the Humane Society of the Lakes are getting ready to celebrate 25 years of their hard, heart-warming work. (That’s approximately 175 years in dog years). The non-profit organization is doing so with an annual Tuxes and Tails fundraiser that is sure to have tails a-waggin’ at the entertainment and attendees drooling over the food. The formal event is set for Friday, Dec.
There’s a little more action happening over at the movie theater in Detroit Lakes these days. Work began this week on an extensive renovation and expansion project designed to provide movie-goers with a little more luxury. Odyssey Entertainment, which is the company that owns CineMagic in the Washington Square Mall, announced it will be adding two more auditoriums that will take the facility from five to seven screens. The expansion will including swallowing up the space right next to the theater that was once home to Raceway Hobby. “A nice benefit of this is, being in a smaller to
For the first time, the Refuge in Detroit Lakes is holding a holiday fundraiser to support its missions and ministries. Tinsel, Treats and Treasures Arts, Crafts and Gifts Fair is set for Saturday, Dec.
Skiers and snowboarders at Detroit Mountain are busy finding their groove, as Friday morning marked the official opening to the public. Jake Hein of Detroit Lakes wanted to be on the first lift chair up on the mountain opening day, and his persistence in line paid off. “First tracks of the day,” he smiled excitedly.
Charlie Brown posed a good question when he asked, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” The crew from Young Life does, but the Christian-based youth organization is selling Christmas trees that are much, much prettier than the Charlie Brown tree. Three hundred Min-nesota-grown trees were hauled in this week for the annual Young Life Christmas tree sale, which has been a Detroit Lakes tradition for nearly three decades. The fundraising event began 30 years ago as a way to help enhance the ministry group, which includes area youth from sixth grade up.
“You said you loved my sister, but when you love someone, you don’t murder them.” Those were the words spoken by Karen Woessner to the man who her killed Geraldine Kading of Dent last year when he shot two arrows into her chest with a crossbow. David Lee Stensrud, 58, of Detroit Lakes was sentenced to 38 and a half years in prison Wednesday afternoon in Becker County District Court for Kading’s death. It is the maximum penalty allowed in a second-degree murder conviction.
Kristina Heinlein has been through a lot of surgeries in her seven years. “This next one will be my eighth,” she said, arguing with her mom, Stacy, who says it will be her ninth. The blonde-haired, blue-eyed second-grader has a strong spirit about her that is easy to see. It’s that no-fear attitude that has gotten her through being born with Microtia, a congenital ear deformity. “We called it her ‘Nemo’ ear — her ear never fully developed,” explained Stacy Heinlein, who says Kristina was born with an inner ear, just not much of an outer ear or even an ear canal. This has left he
A downtown Detroit Lakes business just got a little more “hometown.” The owner of Ben Franklin Crafts has dropped the national chain’s name in favor of a mom and pop...
The wind and snow are kicking up some frowns and four letter words these days as the phrase “Why do we live here?” can be heard echoing throughout the community — both in real conversation and likely in many people’s minds. For many people, it’s because it’s home; there’s family here. We just take the bad with the good. However, there are those rare human beings who — on purpose — move from the south to the coldest corner of the nation. Are they lost? Are they crazy? Nope. According to them, they simply love it here. Flying north for the winter