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One local lady is breaking free of her everyday pattern and stitching together her own business. Detroit Lakes native Nikki Caulfield has opened an alterations and tailoring business called Skirting the Rules. “I taught English grammar for a while, so I very much enjoy plays on words,” she said from her quaint little space on the second floor of Norby’s Department Store, “and I knew I’d be playing around with some skirts and things, so I thought the name was perfect.”
Concern over the ill-effects of pesticide use on area farms may not be a new one, but the latest efforts of a local citizen group determined to fight it seems to be. The Toxic Taters Coalition is a recently named organization consisting of a native group from White Earth, as well as a group called Minnesotans for Pesticides Awareness, backed by the non-profit group, Minnesota Pesticide Action Network based out of the Twin Cities.
It’s time to slip on that ball gown, straighten that bow tie, and kick up your heals, as the 12th annual Holy Rosary Spring Interlude is just around the corner. The event, which is Holy Rosary’s big fundraiser for arts and music, is set for Friday, April 19, at 5:30 in the Holmes Ballroom of the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center. “This is the first time we’ve had it at the Holmes,” said Terri Paskey, who is helping to coordinate the event. “We always want to spread our love around to the businesses that always do so much to support us.”
Detroit Lakes High School students are taking a shot at a new sport. “Pull!” they yell loudly just seconds before taking aim at the painted clay pigeon that’s hurled into the air. “I’ve hunted all my life,” said 15-year old Colton Davis, “and so I thought it’d be fun to try this.” Davis is among 17 students from Detroit Lakes who make up the district’s new team of sharp shooters — or so they strive to be.
A really good shirt has the ability to actually make somebody feel a little different. A little sharper. A tad more fun. A bit braver. Energized. Ready to take on nearly anything the day can throw out there. In Detroit Lakes, two entrepreneurs are finding great success in carefully threading together millions of those good shirts with a good business model. Their result is a stretchy, x-large company called Lakeshirts. Back when
An important part of any organization’s staying power is its willingness to embrace change. Nowhere is this more evident than at the Detroit Lakes Campus of M State, also known as Minnesota State Community & Technical College in Detroit Lakes. Since the school began its operations 53 years ago, it’s been creating and redesigning programs that teach students the skills and knowledge employers want. MSCTC serves about 9,200 students annually on campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena and through online coursework.
Schools, often called the “heart of the community”, are certainly that in Becker County. And while they all strive for excellence in educational opportunities, they also all have their own special ways of shining. Detroit Lakes The Detroit Lakes Public School District is a conglomerate of five schools — Roosevelt Elementary, Rossman Elementary, the Middle School, the High School and the Lincoln Education Center. (Private Catholic school, Holy Rosary, also sits in the heart of downtown Detroit Lakes.)
It’s full-steam ahead for The Depot, as the refurbished BNSF train depot located along Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes continues to grow in services and popularity. Whether you need a connection to county or tribal bus systems, Amtrak or the Shooting Star Casino, The Depot is the place to stop. Built in 1908, the Northern Pacific depot was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Over the years it has been used for a variety of businesses and headquarters, but none have upgraded the building like the White Earth Tribe and its Shooting Star Casino.
There will soon be the smell of cotton candy and the roar of tigers in the air, as the Shrine Circus is just around the corner. Thursday, April 11, will be the day kids from around the region will pack the Kent Freeman Sports Arena for three shows — 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. “They’ve added some acts this year,” said Detroit Lakes Shriner Steve Larson. “They’ve got a miniature pony act that promises to be a lot of fun for the kids, a trained dog act, and of course, the Bengal tigers, which everybody always love.”
Walking around the various buildings that make up the Detroit Lakes Public Schools, Ben Weekly can’t help but see a little bit of himself all over. “It’s a bit of a storybook for me because I can see my fingerprints all over them,” said Weekly, “whether it’s new tile or painting of the gymnasium … it’s all very meaningful to me.” Weekly, who is the supervisor of operations and transportation director for the school district, takes care of the school facilities, but is now hanging up his hat after 29 years.