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Local law enforcement officials are closing in on the wave of credit card fraud that hit Detroit Lakes late last month. Detroit Lakes Police Investigator Eric Bergren says they have identified the source of the compromise that led to over 250 fraudulent credit card charges in the lakes area. "That compromise has been addressed and taken care of, so right now the second aspect of the case is trying to identify the person or persons responsible for that compromise," said Bergren. Detroit Lakes Police are working with banks, fraud departments and the U.S.
It isn’t hard to find adult activities to partake in New Years Eve, but family-friendly activities can be a little harder to come by. That’s why the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center is once again opening its doors for its annual New Year’s Eve Bash. “We started this the first year we were open in 2001,” said Kim Bettcher, who is helping coordinate the event for the DLCCC.
They’re not as stealth as Santa, but area truckers are once again proving they are just as giving. Foltz Trucking in Detroit Lakes teamed up with the Minnesota Truckers Association and other local businesses to deliver loads of toys to area girls and boys. The Trucks and Toys event has been going on statewide for 15 years, and Foltz has taken the reigns for this area. Every year after Halloween the “drive” begins, as truck drivers and staff of both Foltz Trucking and Daggett Truck Lines pool their money to buy hundreds of toys. They are joined by employees of Lakeshirts, Minnesota
The idea of getting in shape for the New Year may be sitting on the backburner for many these days — right behind that figgy pudding and chocolate fondue pot. But when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, it's go-time. A brand new event at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center may have just the thing to kick that off.
Some first grade Girl Scouts out of Detroit Lakes got an unexpected life lesson when fundraising this year — a bittersweet one that nobody saw coming. When little Harmony Jensen joined her troop over a year ago, she signed up under new troop leader Mindy Retz of Detroit Lakes. All seven little "daisies" were from Roosevelt Elementary and ready to learn how to make the world a better place through their sisterhood.
It isn’t called “the most wonderful time of the year” for nothing, but for some, Christmas can be lonely if family isn’t around. That’s why folks at First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes are once again holding their annual Christmas dinner, called Christmas At Our House. “It was a dream of someone’s years ago that no one should have to spend Christmas alone,” explained event coordinator Twylla Vickmark, who says the event has remained popular in Detroit Lakes for about a decade. “We cook for 300, and we usually don’t have much for leftovers,” she said. The dinner goes from noon to
This Christmas season marks the 30th anniversary of the Young Life Christmas Tree sale, and like all years, the volunteers are out in full force. Young Life is a Christian youth organization for Detroit Lakes area students sixth through 12th grade, and they’ve made Christmas tree sales their longest standing tradition. The fundraising event is set up along Highway 10 on the west side of Detroit Lakes in a vacant lot where the Grover-Lindberg Truck Stop once was.
Good new for property owners in the Detroit Lakes School District: the school board voted Monday night to approve a decrease of 3.9 percent in the tax levy to cover the 2014-15 school year. The board held its annual Truth in Taxation hearing at that time, which showed between a revenue of $22,453,219 and expenditures of $31,432,099, the district had a budget surplus of $1,021,121 for the 2012-13 school year. Projections for the current school year show a slight deficit of $315. Local property taxes make up 12 percent of the district’s budget.
‘Tis the season for vehicle problems, as below zero temperatures create a whole list of possible breakdown scenarios. But now the Detroit Lakes area has one more place going to...
Detroit Lakes School District Education Director Lowell Niklaus will be hanging up his hat at the end of the school year. The announcement was made at Monday night’s school board meeting, prompting thanks and gratitude from board members who called Niklaus a “great mentor” throughout his 21 years in the Detroit Lakes school district. But Niklaus’s journey in education stretches much further back - nearly four decades. “I didn’t want to go into teaching,” admitted Niklaus, a Belgrade, Minn., native who had just earned his degree in psychology. “But in the ‘70’s there weren’t a lo