Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena, all in Minnesota.
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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.
Laura Zima has always loved that phrase “Dressed to the Nines.” “You know … when someone is really looking great,” said Zima, who now walks around her new ladies clothing store called “The Nines.” Mannequins with the latest in sundresses and fashions can be seen in the windows of The Nines, which opened June 15 on Washington Avenue in downtown Detroit Lakes. Although the space still has some of the charm left over from its
Gay couples in Becker County will have to hold off on applying for marriage licenses within the county, at least for a while. According to Becker County Chief Deputy Recorder Kathy Ohman, the program used in applying for marriage licenses is currently being re-vamped within the computer system to use “applicant’s name” instead of “bride” and “groom.” That technical change is being worked on through a company in Montana that is revising and updating a number of other minor changes in various programs and forms. &
The women’s shelter in White Earth has been like an oasis in the desert providing hope and new life to abused women on the reservation for a little over a year now. Domestic violence is often a curse handed down from generation to generation, and White Earth is no exception. But since the new 20-bed shelter opened last May, advocates there have been dedicating their lives to working out all the bugs and challenges that come with getting a much-needed facility like this not just up and running, but effective for the women and children who walk through their heavily secured doors. “I th
Detroit Lakes school leaders are reaching out to the community via You Tube. In an attempt to build better communication and understanding between the district, the school board and the residents they serve, Superintendent Doug Froke has begun filming a school board wrap up video following every monthly meeting. The synopsis of the meeting and its issues are then uploaded to YouTube and also embedded onto the school district’s website. “It’s designed to let the public know what the board is doing and what we’re talking about,” said Froke, who says not everybody has the time to invest
Detroit Lakes High School students will no longer be required to take and pass swimming in order to graduate. That was the decision made Monday morning at the monthly school board meeting, as board members approved the change in a 3-to-2 vote. The requirement, which has been one in Detroit Lakes for generations, had found resistance among some students and parents, and district leaders heard those concerns. “By requiring all ninth grade students to get in the pool in front of their classmates…were we putting kids in a bad place because they don’t have a comfort level with themselves a