Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena, all in Minnesota.
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The house decorations are up, the pumpkins carved and the fog machines and creepy moaning creatures are ready for vulnerable trick or treaters. With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, kids may have the luxury of staying out a little later than normal, but they must also be more vigilant about staying safe as they dart across roads. “With it being on a Friday, the challenge we’ll have this year is the bar crowd,” said Detroit Lakes Police Chief Tim Eggebraaten, who says officers will be out around the city “keeping an eye out” for potential problems. While Halloween typically see
Nikki Caulfield knows she has a way of surprising people who walk through her door. “I’ll hear, ‘What?
The Detroit Lakes man accused of shooting two arrows into a rural Dent woman with a crossbow and killing her has entered into a plea agreement. In that agreement, David Lee Stensrud, 58, would plead guilty to second degree murder (with the count of first degree murder dropped) and would accept a prison sentence of 38 and a half years, with a minimum of 25 years before he could be eligible for early release. This, after intentionally killing 69-year-old Geraldine Kading. According to testimony given at the plea hearing Thursday afternoon, Stensrud had be-friended Kading and her husband
They say it takes a village to raise a child, and around Becker County, children’s advocates from all over the “village” are joining forces to make sure its children are handed quality opportunities. The Detroit Lakes Kiwanis Club, along with the Becker County Early Childhood Initiative group and Muhube are collaborating on a newly launched project called the “Read and Lead” program. Armed with a $5,000 Bush-McKnight grant, program leaders were able to purchase hundreds of children’s books. This is where the Kiwanis group comes in. “Kiwanis members are signing up to go into prescho
What’s better than a steaming hot crock pot of homemade chili on a chilly day? Thirty crock pots full of chili offering a variety of flavor, spices and heat. That will be the scene at the Refuge in Detroit Lakes on Saturday, Nov. 1 beginning at 5 p.m., as the 4th annual Big Dog Chili Contest gets underway. The event is a fundraiser for the Refuge Ministries programming that helps them provide services to the homeless. “It’s a lot of fun,” said Mel Manning, president of the Refuge.
It’s one of the closest watched races in Becker County this year — Becker County Sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Glander versus Minnesota State Trooper Tim Clements for Becker County sheriff. Both are hometown guys with roughly the same number of years in law enforcement. The campaign has taken some winding roads on its way to Nov. 4, but now both sides are setting the record straight on a number of issues and telling the public — in their words — why they should be elected top cop in Becker County. The mud-slinging
It’s all new at All in All… The Frazee convenience store and gas station is being torn down today in preparation for the opening of its new store tomorrow. The...
A 79-year-old Detroit Lakes man that was struck and injured by a train Friday night remains in critical condition, but is said to be improving. Gordon Ray Shafer was driving his vehicle across the Burlington Northern Santa Fe crossing on County Road 54 around 11:30 p.m.
Tim Clements and Todd Glander were front and center for the League of Women Voters of the Lakes Area Tuesday night, answering questions in their bid for sheriff. More than 100 people showed up to watch the candidate forum at the Becker County Courthouse, with Sharon Sinclair as the moderator. The two took turns answering questions on a variety of issues. Crime
Becker County commissioner for District 2 Ben Grimsley and challenger Mark Hagedorn took to the stage for a candidate’s forum Thursday night. The Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters and the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce co-hosted the event, which was held at the city hall. Grimsley won his seat in 2012, after defeating Hagedorn in the primary election. Detroit Lakes businesswoman Helen Foltz was the moderator for the forum, which first featured an opening statement from both candidates. Grimsley, a lifelong resident of Detroit Lakes and owner of Anchor Financial,