Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena, all in Minnesota.
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Detroit Lakes preschools are “happening” places these days, with climbing enrollment just about everywhere you go. “We’re busting at the seams,” said Head Start Director Margaret Aho, holding up a long list of three and four year olds who are waiting to get in. “There are almost 200 kids here (on the waiting list), with 125 of them being from Becker County,” she said, adding that her comprehensive list includes Mahnomen and Hubbard Counties as well. “These kids are out there — they could potentially be enrolled here because they are all income eligible, but we just don’t have the fund
One out of every three people living on the White Earth Indian Reservation today is homeless. It may not be immediately obvious, but officials say it’s very true. “We have...
Detroit Lakes mother of three and resource development director at the Boys and Girls Club, Sue Trnka, recently got a little taste of what reality stars go through. Trnka spent two days this week with a nine-person film crew that documented nearly every moment of her days.
If there were ever a year for a snowy rendezvous, it would be this year. Folks at the Rainbow Resort located between Park Rapids and Waubun, are getting ready for the 12th annual Rainbow Rendezvous XC Ski Event. Skiing for the Rendezvous goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. And this year, the trails are everything a ski resort could want for its guests.
There are a lot of adjectives that come to mind when thinking of a homeless shelter. Sad. Scary. Pathetic. Helpless. But these are the words that often come to the minds of people who have never had to live in one of these shelters. For those who have, there are many other words that surround them. Hope. God. Persistence. Repairs. If it were not for these words, the men of the Compassion House in Detroit Lakes would stand very little chance of coming out the other end of their homelessness intact. And while some of them won’t, some of them will.
To prevent water services from freezing up and to keep the system healthy Detroit Lakes Public Utilities is asking all customers to run a small stream of cold water out of one faucet in their home or business. There has been a large increase in service lines freezing up this year due to the cold weather and a deeper than normal frost line. Customers will be billed for their average usage from 2013 during the months of March and April to aid in reducing costs of running the additional water. This notice remains in effect until further notice
Meagan Johnson didn’t have a reason in the world to know what Cystic Fibrosis was until 18 months ago. “I don’t recall even hearing about it,” she said. But when her daughter, Ciara, was born, it took only until her newborn’s first screening to learn. “The screening test came back and one of them indicated she may have Cystic Fibrosis,” said Johnson, who upon learning more about the disease, was “shocked and scared.” “I found out the life expectancy is only in the mid-30s, and that’s the age I am now,” she said, adding that she just kept hoping further test results would reveal a f
Passing by a men’s homeless shelter, it may be easy for some people to judge. But each one of the men at Detroit Lakes’ Compassion House has a story from their own long and oftentimes painful road that led them there. Justin Mack 19-year-old Justin Mack has been living at the Compassion House for only three weeks now — it’s one of so many places he’s lived in his young life he quickly runs out of fingers counting them.
When Kim Schlauderaff’s boyfriend, Steve, brought her in some roses at work Friday, she thought that was his big showing. But when four gentleman wearing black dresscoats and black hats came strolling in with a mug and a balloon, she knew she was in for something more. “We’re looking for Kim,” they announced to the ladies who were working at Maurices in Detroit Lakes that day.
Many local fathers have the memory of dancing with their little girls during the annual Daddy’s Little Sweetheart Dance. But what happens when those little sweethearts grow up and surpass the pink glitter and princess decor?