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It couldn’t have been easy, but after 11 years Detroit Lakes High School senior Ben Tjedkes is finally earning his wings — his Eagle Scout wings. “I’ve been in (the scouts) since the first grade,” he said. “I think it’s taught me leadership skills because I was named senior patrol leader, which is the head person of all the scouts.” And now Tjedkes has completed the final, big project that will likely give him the top Boy Scout rank of Eagle Scout. “I wanted to do something that focused on the outdoors, so I contacted the (U.S.
Soon they’ll be coming around the mountain (or hill) for the 61st annual Western Minnesota Steam Thresher Reunion, set for Aug. 29, through Sept. 1. The annual event is held every Labor Day weekend just outside of the tiny town of Rollag, south of Hawley. “It’s a living museum,” said president of the Steam Threshers organization, Mark Kerkvliet.
A new business offering athletic and business merchandise has dipped into Detroit Lakes. Coaches Choice, which is headquartered out of Fargo, just opened up an office at 916 Washington Ave...
Not guilty by reason of mental illness – that’s the decision of the court in the case of the Bemidji man who led police on a car chase after stealing two bottles of wine from a Detroit Lakes area liquor store, then the squad car of a responding sheriff’s deputy. Ty Justin Andree, 24, had been charged with six felonies and a misdemeanor stemming from the incident in rural Becker County last March, in which he took authorities on a high speed chase before charging towards them with a stolen shotgun and stealing one of the squad cars, then taking them on a second chase. Andree opted for a c
The Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes is marching to the beat of a little different drum these days. Some of the kids at the club performed its first Drums Alive show for fellow club members and parents Monday night as part of family night. The club is wrapping up its summer program today, closing down until the first day of school on Tuesday, Sept.
A bizarre accident in Detroit Lakes landed one woman in the hospital over the weekend. It happened at 11:36 a.m.
The White Earth Tribal and Community College has a new leader at its helm. Terry Janis has taken over as president of the college and is breathing new hope into an institution that has seen its share of hardships over the past couple of years. “Last year we were at an all-time low for students enrolled,” said Janis, who says the student population went from a high of 150 students down to 58 last year.
Terry Janis, the new president of the White Earth Tribal College, grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. “I grew up riding horses and running around and being free,” he said fondly of his childhood on Pine Ridge. There were difficulties there, he says, but also a lot of beauty. After high school he went on to Macalester College in St.
Hope Fest in Detroit Lakes may technically be a fundraiser for the area’s men’s homeless shelter, the Refuge, but its purpose goes far beyond that. Its mission is right in the name. “It’s about hope,” said Mel Manning, president of the Refuge and organizer of Hope Fest. “It’s so much different from the world’s view of entertainment. We’re ministering hope and healing and health and love, instead of all the other things going on in the world today.” Manning says the event, which is scheduled for Aug.
Filing has closed for open city and school board seats around the county, and while some will go through with no races, others are seeing challengers. Here’s a look at who is running: Detroit Lakes School Board: With three school board seats open, two incumbents and two new names are on the ballot. David Langworthy and Brenda Muckenhirn have filed to keep their seats, while Brett Bridgeman and Kyley Johnson have also put their names in. The top three vote-getters secure seats on the board. Frazee-Vergas School Board Out of the four open s