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 T-minus-six days until Detroit Lakes area residents vote on one of the most significant school building bonds in its history — $59 million. The amount of money being asked of tax payers is large, and yet so is the long list of district-wide improvements it would provide for. There is a lot at stake for many. So why does there appear to be such a hush over the community? Where are the cheers and the jeers and the yard signs?
Thirty-three years ago, little Andy Johnson was running around the old Rexall Drug Store in downtown Detroit Lakes. “My grandfather, Al, owned it, and so I’d go in there to see him and my grandmother,” said Johnson, who is now Dr.
The dusting of snow seen around the area is a sure reminder that the holidays are just around the corner, and the Detroit Lakes Women of Today are ready to help everybody ease into it with some retail therapy. The organization is sponsoring its Winter Craft & Vendor Show at the Washington Square Mall Saturday, Nov. 9, or as many call it, the first weekend of deer hunting season. “There will be some non-hunters who will want something to do, and this is a good way to get a jump on holiday shopping,” said Robin Smith of the Detroit Lakes Women of Today.
They say it takes a village to raise a child, and in this village, the responsibility of education spreads beyond the k-12 school system. The Boys and Girls Club and the Lincoln Education Center are two programs that care for and nurture the area’s children. So as the school district grows and overcrowding becomes more of an issue in the schools, it make sense that these two programs will also begin to outgrow their facilities. The school bond referendum is coming to a vote Nov.
According to the Shooting Star Casino, the Neal McCoy concert for tonight has been postponed and rescheduled for March 21. Tickets purchased for tonight will be honored then.
Driving by the corner of 1201 Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes, one may notice a busy little place called Shorty’s. The downhome, made-from scratch, everybody knows your name kind of café sits right along the bustling strip of downtown, two blocks from the lake. Shorty’s became Shorty’s on Sept.
It’s one of the most significant bond referendums in Detroit Lakes school history, and in less than two weeks voters will head to the polls to determine whether it becomes reality. So what exactly will District 22 residents be voting on? Every single district-owned building will be touched by projects, thereby affecting every single one of the nearly 3,000 students and over 500 staff members. Preschoolers, administration staff to Rossman Preschool students who currently go to the Lincoln Education Center in Detroit Lakes w
The creepy, crawly spooks and spirits are waiting just around the corner for their big day. But before Oct. 31 rolls around, there are some other Halloween happenings for both young and old. Pine Point Haunted House The old Pine Point School has earned itself quite a reputation. “There are a lot of local myths about different spirits in there,” said Mike Swan, who is the tribal spiritual leader on the White Earth Indian Reservation.
Educators in the Detroit Lakes School District are smiling today, as test results prove its two elementary schools are top-notch. Education Director Lowell Niklaus presented the results from the Minnesota Multiple Measures Report to the school board Monday night. Roosevelt Elementary has been designated a “Celebration School,” which puts it in the top 10 percent of Title I schools in Minnesota. Out of 100 possible points on the MMR, Roosevelt students scored 86.19, which is a big jump from their scores last year of 68.35. Rossman also earned accolades as a Celebration Eligible Scho
For 17 years, Jon Stone has been making the men of Detroit Lakes look their best up top. “This is a great profession,” he says, leaning against his barber shop chair. In fact, throughout the years, people around town have come to know Stone as “Barber Jon,” as he has been working out of his own spot within Jim’s Barber Shop on Washington Avenue since the beginning of his career. But now, Stone is opening up his own shop on 214 Front Street West in Detroit Lakes — and it’s one that better reflects who he is. Like the red and white barber pole that turns and twists until its colors s