Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena, all in Minnesota.
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In a small, off-the-beaten path White Earth Reservation school, soft echoes of Ojibwe can be heard floating through the hallways, mixing with the muffled teachings of math and children reading. Although rich in Native American culture, the K-6 Naytahwaush Community Charter School hasn't exactly been known for its academic excellence.
Cheers — it’s time to raise a toast for the annual Ecumen Detroit Lakes Emmanuel Foundation Charity Benefit. “We’re calling the event ‘Cheers — 50-50-50’ because we are gearing up to celebrate our 50th year of service to this community,” said Sandy Lia, fund development director for the organization. “And because we’re also offered a $50,000 matching grant by the Otto Bremer Foundation,” she added. The fundraiser is set for Friday, Jan. 24, in the Holiday Inn on the Lake, with a 5:30 p.m.
The White Earth Reservation is taking steps that’ll allow Mother Nature to amp up energy resources for residents living there. A new wind turbine has recently been erected near the new RTC building on the outskirts of the town of White Earth. The actual body of the turbine was put up in the middle of December. Currently, installers are working on putting the “guts” of the equipment in place. Experts expect the turbine to be turning within a month and ready to transfer power within two months.
Detroit Lakes has lost a local legend with some of the deepest roots in town. Richard “Dick” Blanding died Friday at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home. He was 93 years old. The loss of Blanding is being felt throughout the community, as he was known among family and friends as a man who loved Becker County more than anybody they knew.
In 1887, Blanding’s Department Store was the first of its kind to pop up in the city, which back then was still called “Detroit.” Dick Blanding’s grandfather, Arthur M. Blanding, was among the first settlers in town and had the good business sense to start up a store that sold the one thing other settlers coming in on their wagons couldn’t bring with them on the rough roads — breakables such as china and kerosene lamps. The Blandings didn’t just make money through their business though, they made actual money — currency.
She’s the symbol of a new year, new life, new hope. Becker County’s New Year’s baby was born at Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes on Thursday morning at 4:46 a.m. Mom, Julie Weaver, and dad, Gus Deegan, of Mahnomen haven’t named their new little daughter yet, but say she was born happy and really ready to go. The couple experienced a frantic drive from Mahnomen to Detroit Lakes in the wee-hours of Jan.
A Mahnomen boy suffering from a degenerative eye condition is now seeing the most important thing — his true potential to make a difference in the world. 11-year-old Ethan Berry...
Sure, hibernating is always an option for Minnesotans, but folks at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge are instead hoping people get out and enjoy the wintery outdoor landscape. “Winter is my favorite time on the refuge because it is just so peaceful,” said Kelly Blackledge, park ranger at Tamarac.
In the spirit of the New Year and a healthy 2014, Detroit Lakes School District leaders are enthusiastic about a new present — a trailer full of brand new, state of the art bicycles. Minnesota’s Statewide Health Improvement Program recently kicked in a grant that allowed the school district to purchase 40 new TREK bicycles, a new enclosed trailer to store them, equipment to fix them and helmets for each bike. The bikes are 24-, 26-, and 28-inch bikes, typically designed to fit children around the nine- to 14-year-old age range.
The year 2014 will be a year to remember for two sophomores from Detroit Lakes High School. Zach Wolfe and Dylan Riehle, both of Callaway, were accepted into a national ambassador program called People to People. The 50-year-old program, which was started by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, assembles students from all over the U.S. for whirlwind trips to different parts of the world as a way of promoting global citizenship.