Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena, all in Minnesota.
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When Garrett Sunram was only 8 years old, his stuffed animal was a little different than most. We got a pair of stillborn mountain lions from the zoo…they were just tiny little things,” said Sunram, who, along with his brother, stuffed those mountain lions. Dad helped. “My dad worked full time in the taxidermy business here in DL for over 25 years,” said Sunram, whose father, Leonard, had gained a reputation for his skills as he took numerous taxidermy awards throughout the area.
Someone once said “Volunteers are love in motion,” and while there may be hundreds of volunteers moving about Becker County, they will soon be stopped momentarily to be properly thanked. The United Way’s Celebration of Heroes is coming up in Detroit Lakes Thursday, April 25, at the Holiday Inn. “It’s a very special night for people who attend it,” said LuAnn Porter, executive director of the United Way of Becker County. “It always comes back to us that you don’t realize there are so many people you’ve never heard of before that do such amazing things.”
Running the Boston Marathon last weekend turned into more of a roller coaster ride, at least emotionally, for Detroit Lakes native Jay Quam. Now a judge for Hennepin County, Quam was only a block and a half away from one of the bombs and two blocks away from the other when the blasts occurred. Although that’s still much too close for anybody’s comfort, Quam was much, much closer only 10 minutes earlier. He had just been in the explosion zone.
Old Man Winter not only has a pretty hard grip on the region, but his icy fingers seem to be curling around some of the area’s beloved wildlife. The cold, snowy weather isn’t just irritating to some species — it’s downright deadly. “Some deer will likely die off from this,” said Neil Powers, Tamarac Wildlife Refuge manager, who explains how experts there track what they call a “winter severity index.”
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.