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Miss Minnesota, Rebecca Yeh, was named Wednesday night’s Preliminary Talent winner at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., for her violin performance “Scherzo and Tarantella” by Henri Wieniawski. Yeh was also crowned Miss Northwest 2012. Yeh, a classically trained violinist, will receive a $2,000 scholarship from the Miss America Organization. Also in the spotlight was Miss Oklahoma, Kelsey Griswold, who was the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner in a black Miss America by Catalina swimsuit. Kelsey will receive a $1,000 scholarship. It has been 25 years since Minnesota h
Shiny, gold shovels dug into the dirt Thursday afternoon for a new short-stay rehabilitation and wellness center, which will stand at Ecumen in Detroit Lakes. City officials and community leaders joined Ecumen staff and residents for the groundbreaking that marks the beginning of some big changes in the Ecumen community. Part of the existing facility will be torn down, as the 68,000 square foot project will include roughly 20,000 of new, additional space, while the rest is being gutted and remodeled. Much of what Ecumen officials call “the heart” of the facility will be torn down
For 40 years the Detroit Lakes Community has joined the Holy Rosary Catholic Church Community to celebrate the arrival of fall and raise funds for the church and school. On Sunday, Sept. 22, that will make 41 years. Holy Rosary’s Fall Festival kicks off with a festival mass at 10:30 a.m. and the celebration following from 11:30 a.m.
It’s one thing to read about the history of the racial tensions that came with desegregating schools in the 1950’s. It’s a whole different experience when you get one of the Little Rock Nine walking through the door to share their firsthand accounts of the dramatic events. Detroit Lakes students will soon get that chance as Terrence Roberts will be spending the day at the Holmes Theater giving a seminar to Detroit Lakes students on September 24. It will have been almost exactly 56 years ago to the day when Roberts was one of nine African American students to walk into Central High
Enrollment at the Detroit Lakes School District continues its slow, steady climb as student population now stands at 2,814 — that’s up by 36 students last year. Superintendent Doug Froke says a larger kindergarten class of 189 is exactly what school leaders were expecting, and was a large driver in the enrollment increase. Meanwhile, the district’s plans to address the space needs of the growing student population are on track, as judges for the Nov.
It was the ultimate do-it-yourself project. Sand Bar II owners Ross Leinus and Dave Meyer knew their old bar and grill was getting a little long in the tooth. “We wanted to spruce ‘er up a bit,” said Leinus, who had the vision of essentially gutting out most of the inside surface. But instead of hiring it out and laying their employees off during the June construction project, the two owners asked cooks and servers alike if they’d be interested in changing professions for a couple of weeks and doing it themselves. “So we did,” said Sand Bar II server Mary Bekkerus, who said i
The wheels are in motion for a special election that will determine whether or not Detroit Lakes will get a new elementary school and some significant district-wide projects. Tuesday morning the school board approved a resolution that calls for the election Nov.
The business of school meals is booming. School lunches may have gotten a bad rap over the years, but in Detroit Lakes, school food is picking up in popularity. That’s according to Duane Dunrud, the district’s food service director. Dunrud reported to school board members Tuesday that not only are the schools feeding an average of 75 percent of the student population with 2,093 lunches per day last year, but breakfast counts were also up by 3,798 from the previous year. Revenue from catering agreements was approximately $245,000, which remains the same for this year. Investing i
The Detroit Lakes School Board held a special meeting this morning to accept the resignation of High School Principal Steve Morben. Morben, who served in the position for 13 years in Detroit Lakes, resigned suddenly late last week, but told the Detroit Lakes Newspapers he’d rather not comment on the reasons why at this point. “It was time,” he said, “It was time for us as a family, and it was bittersweet.
Pam Grieger sits up to the table, dealing cards and cracking jokes.