Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena, all in Minnesota.
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Students and staff at the Detroit Lakes Middle School received honors Thursday for being among the top in the state in academics. MinnCan is a non-profit education advocacy group that is touring what they have determined are some of the best schools in Minnesota. Their goal, they say, is to essentially gather information on “what is right and working” in the best schools in the state in order to bring that back to legislators as they push for future educational policies. Detroit Lakes stood out among the pack for a couple of reasons, with the number one eye-catcher being the district’
Ah, Oktoberfest. It’s a time when the leaves are crunching under everyone’s feet, people are once again wearing sweaters and some of the best things ever derived from Germany are celebrated — beginning with German potato salad. “It’s different than potato salad here because it’s served hot, and they make it using a lot of oils and vinegar — it’s kind of spicy,” said Carol Litzau, who is helping to host this year’s Oktoberfest in Frazee. The 17th annual event is kicking off at high noon on Sunday, Oct.
Everybody can be a little bit crazy. Everybody can get a little bit stressed. Everybody could use a little help now and then. That’s why experts at the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center are amping up their mental health programs, beginning with two on-staff psychologists whose life work includes de-stigmatizing the issue. “Depression is not a shameful thing, anxiety is not a shameful thing, schizophrenia is not a shameful thing,” said Carolyn Klehr, a psychologist who works mainly with adult clients. “Just like people should not be ashamed to have cancer because it’s someth
If Detroit Lakes area residents still have lingering questions about the upcoming $59 million dollar school bond referendum, that was not reflected in attendance for Monday night’s community informational meeting. A few dozen people sat listening to Superintendent Doug Froke as he made a case for why the district needs the ‘yes’ votes, with many in attendance being school and community leaders. The meeting was the first in three that are being held before the Nov.
Hundreds of students sat staring forward, listening to a unique story of pure adversity Tuesday at the Holmes Theatre. Seventh through 12th grade students from Detroit Lakes and Pelican Rapids listened to guest speaker Terrence Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine.
Detroit Lakes man Matt Mohr is locked and loaded as he launches a new business as one of the areas very few gunsmiths. The 36-year-old, who grew up on Strawberry Lake, has always had a thing for guns. Yes, he likes to shoot them; yes, he likes to hunt, but that’s not where his real passion lies. “I have always really liked the mechanics of guns,” he said, “I’ve been fixing guns for friends and family my whole life.” Mohr says he remembers as a child saying he thought it would be “cool” to be a gunsmith. “I never really thought I would be, though,” he smiled. But he is.
It’s a cool evening that can really fire you up. Fire and Ice is right around the corner, and event planners with the Essentia Health St. Mary’s Foundation are ready to deliver. “We’re expecting over 200 people,” said LeAnn Mouw, the foundation’s director. The seventh annual fundraiser is set for Saturday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. in The Fireside, Detroit Lakes.
Kids these days — they rarely know what it’s like to run two miles up hill — both ways. And very few of the whipper-snappers ever go over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house. The ones that do call themselves competitors in the Fischer Farm Frazee Extreme Cross Country Meet. “They jump on bales, go through the water, slide down the creek, and they’re running through the woods a good amount of t
Many are already impressed at how the old, historic Holmes Theatre has been renovated and shined up like a new penny over the past 10 years. But now, no truer words could be spoken. Theater staff is busy pulling together a snazzy, new project that has them asking the public for mere pennies — literally. “We are laying down a copper penny floor,” said Becky Mitchell, excitedly. The idea is to collect as many of the coins from the community as possible in an attempt to get 573,888 pretty brown pennies to lay over 2,353 square feet of the second floor of the Holmes. Theatre staff a
It’s doubtful they’ll be singing “99 bottles of beer on the wall,” but they always sing the praises of the 88-miles of Lake Country Scenic Byway they see. For 11 years people have been climbing aboard the coach bus that winds them around the Fall Color Tour, hosted by the Tourism Bureau. The Lake Country Scenic Byway is a designated stretch of beautiful sites enhanced in the fall by colorful foliage. The one-day event takes place Thursday September 26 with an 8:45 pickup at the Kent Freeman Sports Arena in Detroit Lakes.