Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena, all in Minnesota.
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It’s a sad fact that not all children in Becker County have even one positive adult role model in their lives that they feel close to. No real friend, no real support. That’s why the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center and its volunteers are launching what they call their “Kinship Program,” a program designed to match at-risk children, who have possibly come through one of the shelter’s programs, with a volunteer from the community willing to open their arms.
A 25-year-old man was taken to the hospital after reportedly cutting himself with a knife during a short standoff with police in Detroit Lakes. The incident happened shortly after noon on Wednesday. According to the Detroit Lakes Police Department, officers were called to Central Market grocery store for a disturbance involving a knife. Sgt. Chad Glander with the Detroit Lakes Police Department says the man fled on foot before officers found him on the north side of the Essentia Health-St.
It’s been a banner month for the staff at Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes — literally. A March of Dimes banner near the clinic entrance congratulating the medical...
Drive by the picturesque, barn-style church aptly named The Cowboy Church on Highway 34 near Height of Land, and you’ll see a sign outside that reads: “You can steal our stuff, but you can’t steal our faith.” It’s not just a cute saying.
The White Earth Tribal and Community College in Mahnomen is, for the first time, dipping its toes into the world of online classes. The school is launching what they say is essentially a pilot program this summer to hold hybrid classes, which will have students putting in a small amount of time in class and the rest online. This is to gauge how online classes will work for students officials say aren’t always set up for online college classes. School officials say while this “exciting new venture” was brought on by enough demand from students and desire to grow, they plan to jump slow
Like an old, heavy, dusty vault, the Becker County Historical Society is cracking open the doors to the museum and all of its 4th annual Museum Day surprises. The event, which is free and open to the public, is set for Sunday, May 4, from noon to 4 p.m. “We use it as a community day — a day to come and see all the great things the museum has to offer,” said Amy Degerstrom, director of the historical society. The day started as a way to recognize and celebrate museums during Minnesota Museum Month and International Museum Month. “We focus it around hands-on activities that you can t
Home ownership just got a little easier to achieve for some Becker County residents. The Detroit Lakes based Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation, or MMCDC, is piloting a new program...
Lake Park Mayor Aaron Wittnebel will serve 30 days in the Becker County Jail and five years of supervised probation as part of his sentencing Wednesday morning. Wittnebel was charged with financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult for mishandling finances for his sister, who has Down’s syndrome and for whom he was a guardian and conservator. Wittnebel pled guilty to the felony offense through an Alford Plea, which means while he asserts innocence, he admits the state had sufficient evidence for a jury to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Becker County Judge Jay Carlson’s ru
A movement to eliminate part-time peace officer licenses is gaining ground in the Minnesota legislature. The bill is currently out of committee and sitting on the house floor. But confusion also seems to be following this piece of legislation. Some law enforcement agencies and lawmakers are hearing from people upset at the idea of eliminating part-time officers, but that’s a misunderstanding. “We’re not talking about getting rid of part time positions; we’re just talking about part-time licenses,” said Neil Melton, executive director of the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Tra
It takes a special kind of person to sit with somebody who is dying, look them in the eyes and help them face the end. But locally, people like that are rarely in short supply. According to Hospice of the Red River Valley Volunteer Coordinator Stephanie Baker, the number of people stepping up to the plate as a volunteer is nearly double what they even have for employees — 45 volunteers to the 25 employees. “I’m always amazed at the amount of time people will spend of their own lives helping others,” said Baker. Merlyn Olson of Flom is one of those volunteers who took his talents of