Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena, all in Minnesota.
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Folks along the Pelican River may have noticed the river flow has slowed to not much more than a trickle in some spots. While a contributing factor to that may be drought conditions, humans may be even more to blame. “We got a call a couple of weeks ago from a concerned citizen that the river levels were very low, and they suspected there was a potential beaver dam around there somewhere,” said Pelican River Watershed District Administrator Tera Guetter. Guetter and assistant administrator Jon Staldine grabbed their waders and went out to investi
Pets have a way of nuzzling their way into our hearts forever, so what happens when those furry, four-legged friends pass away? One woman in Detroit Lakes recently opened up a big option when she started her business, Forever in Our Hearts. The pet cremation place, which opened up in May, is located four miles east of Detroit Lakes in on highway 34. And although some may not have the best visuals when thinking of a pet cremation facility, Forever in Our Hearts owner Cheryl Behlmer takes care
A Florida man suspected of taking his two daughters, ages 6 and 11, against court orders may be headed to northern Minnesota, authorities say. Edward Peters "took custody of (the girls) against the wishes of their court ordered guardian" last Sunday in Inverness
The natives aren’t so much restless these days as they are excited — digital natives that is, and the ones in Detroit Lakes holding brand new iPads may be holding the keys to better learning. Detroit Lakes School Education Director Lowell Nicklaus is busy at the middle school, handing out over 800 iPads this week, and the twinkle in his eye isn’t as much in response to the students’ enthusiasm as it is his strong feeling these little devices just might be the best thing that’s happened to education in a very long time. The results are in Test scores from last spring’s Minnesota
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