Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena, all in Minnesota.
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The United Way of Becker County is sending out more food to students every weekend than it ever has. The Backpack program started in 2008 when volunteers assembled bags of food for 50 students in Detroit Lakes’ Rossman and Roosevelt Elementary schools — students who were identified as “in need.” The food, which includes two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners and two snacks were discreetly placed in the childrens’ backpacks every Friday afternoon. News of the program spread and the number of people coming forward for help exploded. By the following year the number of students and
Location, location, location … it’s not just a saying for realtors; it seems to be the hottest topic when talking about the idea of building a new elementary school in Detroit Lakes. Residents of District 22 will be heading to the polls Nov.
Life can turn on a dime. That’s why officers at a new business in Detroit Lakes are making it their business to take care of yours. Family Heritage is supplemental insurance company with a presence around the country, and although they have had a representative around the area since 2003, it has now expanded into a full-blown bricks and mortar business. Located at 1111 Highway 10 East in Detroit Lakes, the company officially set up shop four months ago when Kevin Meyers came from an office in Alexandria to join forces with Chuck Kraig, who was already selling policies to farmers, smal
There’s only one more informational meeting left for community members with remaining questions on the school bond referendum. Monday night was the second of three of the meetings, designed to give residents in district 22 a chance to speak their minds or ask questions about the proposed $59 million dollar project that would build a new K-3 elementary school and fund building projects district wide. Over 50 people showed up to the open meeting, which started with a presentation on why a new school needs to be built and how school board members, district leaders and a community steering c
When Detroit Lakes High School sweethearts Aaron and Tess Kalberer got married this summer, they vowed to love each other “in sickness and in health.” That little vow came in handy two months later when Aaron was smack dab in the middle of an exploding shop. That day On Aug.
Scandinavian delectables have themselves a tad bit of a reputation. “They are a lot, a lot of work,” said Sharon Westerholm, who knows firsthand how time-intensive and high maintenance they can be, as she tackles four batches of fattigmann, a Scandinavian fried cookie that she ties perfectly into a bow — each and every one of them. “Oh, but they are so good,” she said. Westerholm is one of about 20 women at the
Good news: The proposed fire hall in Audubon will cost the owner of a $100,000 home just $11 a year for township residents in the country and $30 for those in town, not $132 a year as previously reported. The error was made in a story in Wednesday’s Detroit Lakes Tribune when a reporter wrote it would cost $11 per month and an editor calculated that out to $132 a year.
“Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day; teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” That’s an old adage that professionals at the Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program in Detroit Lakes are embracing as many of them are changing the way they do business. People walk into the Work Force Center or Rural Minnesota CEP building to look for a variety of services, including help finding a job or welfare. But now there are several RMCEP workers who have been freshly trained to give those people much more than that. Dawn Finn is an employment counselor and certified fami
Lola may be a drunken pig, but she’s the hottest pig in town these days. Lush Lola’s, a new catering business in the area, is doing so well it now has an event center in the historic Graystone Plaza in Detroit Lakes. “We have a boutique space where we’ll have wine and chocolate tasting, and we’ve also got a lot of really unique gift items that are spirits related,” said Shannon Malzahn, who owns and operates Lush Lola’s with her husband, Jim. Although the catering company known for its boozy menu full of alcohol-soaked meats and simple, hearty sides has itself a busy business now, it
Toss a handful of marbles on the floor of the Audubon Fire Hall, and you’ll see them all go in one direction. “They’d go to the corner over there where the foundation is sinking,” said Jason Leucuta, one of the township’s volunteer fire fighters. The days have come where Audubon’s old fire hall meant to help in a time of need has itself become a big problem. The deficiencies The building has a variety of ages, depending on which addition you’re standing in, but most of it is between 50 to