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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
It’s that magical time of year when — especially for children — the world seems to light up and the spirit of giving is running full steam ahead. That will once again be the case in Detroit Lakes Monday, Dec.
Detroit Lakes is saying goodbye to one of its favorite heroes. Macho, the city’s only K9 police dog, was put to sleep Tuesday night after a tumor was discovered in his spleen. After being incredibly sick for a couple of days, owner Detroit Lakes Police Sergeant Robert Strand says it was the only good decision for the 10-year-old German Shepherd. “He was in a lot of pain, and I didn’t want to see him suffer anymore,” said Strand, who began working with the K9 six and a half years ago.
It may be a warm, festive time of year, but few things send that holiday cheer up in smoke faster than a house fire. And yet, ‘tis the season for exactly that. Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Dave Baer says there are a few common mistakes that people make which leads to the most fiery mishaps. Chimneys
It was old, rundown and vacant — the building that sits right along Highway 34 on the east side of Detroit Lakes most recently known as the Broken Wheel 3...
Authorities are still looking for the person responsible for the bomb scare that led to an evacuation of Walmart on Black Friday. A bundle of store items were found wrapped up in a camouflage jacket secured with zip ties and left on a shelf in the store, prompting the Crow County Bomb squad and several other law enforcement agencies to respond to the suspicious package. Detroit Lakes Police Department Sgt.
Gloria Foster, Detroit Lakes: “Yes! It’s really nice; we should have had a lot more snow by now! It’s nice and warm out.” Dick LeCleir, Detroit Lakes: “I just got my snow tires on this morning.