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Lake Park-Audubon will soon be packed full of smiling faces -- not just people, but pumpkins. The 2012 Pumpkin Fest and All School Reunion is just around the corner, as community leaders prepare for the celebrations, beginning Friday, Sept. 28, and running through Sept.
They say when a soldier goes off to war, it isn't the same person that returns. They see things they can't forget; they take on feelings they can't shake. Post-traumatic stress disorder has done its fair share of claiming the lives of U.S. soldiers, airmen and marines even after they return from battle, as self-destruction becomes a common path for some of them. This was the case for Thief River Falls native, Craig Lia who went into Iraq married, strong and happy, but left it not wanting to live.
There's nothing quite like the smell of popcorn and the excitement of the big screen on a Friday or Saturday night. Now, that experience is being magnified at the Washington Square Mall Cinema 5, as the entire theater has gone digital. Starting last week, each auditorium was transformed into a high definition amphitheater as the old 35-millemeter film projectors were unhooked and the new, digital projectors were installed. And with the flick of a switch, the whole movie experience in Detroit Lakes was enhanced. "It's capable of 35 trillion color variations on the screen," said Gary Wes
They were the soldiers who were spit on. They were the ones that saw and endured some of the most horrific experiences of war imaginable while fighting for a country they loved -- even when they weren't always being loved back.
The 2012-13 enrollment numbers for the Detroit Lakes School District are out, and they are looking good. According to Superintendent Doug Froke, the district is up 75 kids compared to this time last year. Froke presented the numbers to the school board at Monday night's regular board meeting, and says although those are "very exciting" numbers, it does put an even tighter crunch on space. Enrollment for the district is at 2,859 with 1,341 coming from the elementary schools (227 of those are kindergarteners), 622 from the Middle School, 852 from the High School and 44 from the Alternative
It's time to strap on that leather and let the wind blow through your hair. The fifth annual Leather and Leavez Motorcycle Rally is revving up for a countryside ride this Saturday. The event, which is run through the DLCCC and Zorbaz, is expected to bring in anywhere from 60 to 100 riders. "Or even more because it's supposed to be beautiful this weekend," said Event Coordinator Terry Haus.
Emergency 911 calls for help from an area highway or interstate will soon be rerouted down towards the Twin Cities -- the Minnesota State Patrol Dispatch Center in Detroit Lakes is closing up shop. The DL location, which currently employs five dispatchers, is one of seven state dispatch centers being closed. Starting in January, all calls from the Detroit Lakes and surrounding areas will be answered in Roseville, which will be the primary call center for the state.
Does Detroit Lakes need a new school? Should it combine schools?
Holy Rosary members are busy planning for their 40th annual Fall Festival next weekend. "It's the big 4-0," laughed festival organizer Joe Boyer, who is chairing the event with his wife, Sandie. The Fall Festival is taking place Sunday, Sept. 16, with the happenings kicking off at 10:30 a.m. with the festival mass. "We're keeping the festival at the church this year," said Boyer, explaining that the event was previously held at the fairgrounds.
There's a hustle and bustle of students in the beautiful, marble hallways; there's a smell of food drifting from the shiny, new kitchen, and there are impressed smiles everywhere you look, as White Earth community members finally open the doors to the new Circle of Life Academy. "An 'academy' is a little bit above a school," said former School Administrator Mitchell Vogt at the school's grand opening Thursday, "and now that we have this, I ask you, what are we going to do with it? What's this school going to look like 10 years from now from an academic standpoint?