Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena, all in Minnesota.
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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
Drivers heading past Roosevelt Elementary in Detroit Lakes are seeing a new, large banner pinned to the school fence.
They say one of the benefits of living in a small community is that people take care of each other. Volunteers with the Holy Rosary Thanksgiving meal believe this to be the case as they once again prepare to put on a mighty feast free to the public. “We’re cooking for 600 people,” said Mary Brenk, who is chairing the event along with her husband, Detroit Lakes Mayor Matt Brenk. The annual Thanksgiving Day meal is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Parade of Trees in Lake Park is “branching out” this year. On the year of the 10th annual fundraiser, the Parade of Trees held at the American Legion will, for the first time, be adding an after-hours event called “Uncorked.” “The Legion is so pretty when it’s all lit up with the trees,” said Sherri Lefebvre, who is on the volunteer committee putting the event together. “We thought it would be kind of neat to do something fun in there while it’s like that.” Uncorked takes place on the third night of the four-night Parade of Trees event. On Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m., Para
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The Detroit Lakes City Council held public hearings Wednesday night on the upcoming street construction projects set to dig through much of the downtown district next summer. City Engineer Jon Pratt went over the scope of the projects, as well as costs and timelines. The estimated total cost of the Washington Avenue reconstruction project downtown is expected to be approximately $5.7 million and will be split up between the county (as Washington Avenue is a county road), the city and benefitting property owners that line the street. Out of that $5.7 million, the county will pay $3.3 m
There’s just something about those fall bazaars — the snow is starting to fly, the smell of hot soups fill the air and holiday ideas are beginning to tip toe into our heads. The Grace Lutheran Church Eat & Shop Holiday Bazaar is quickly approaching, with the event set for Saturday, Nov. 22. “We’ll usually have people waiting at the door for us to open up,” said Bertha Anderson, who is helping coordinate the event. The 13th annual Eat & Shop Holiday Bazaar begins at 9:30 a.m.
An old Washington Avenue office building has an all new look with some new tenants. The building at 1135 Washington Avenue is nearing completion of a renovation that led to...
The sight of large garbage semis heading west from Detroit Lakes to the Fargo landfill has now changed direction; this week they began heading east to Perham. That’s where Becker County’s garbage is now being sent — straight to the incinerator. “We just sent out our first semis this week,” said Steve Skoog, director of environmental services in Becker County. Skoog says the $30 million multi-county project expanded the Perham site to include a second incinerator. “And they’re testing that new unit right now,” said Skoog, who says Becker Co