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Local contractors have certainly been putting the hammer down this year. "It's been a very good, busy year," said Detroit Lakes Building Official Dave Neisen, as the 2012 annual building report has been released. According to the report, there were 33 new homes built in the city this year -- an increase from 20 new residential in 2011. Although new home construction has been scattered throughout the city, both the south side of Detroit Lakes and the Long Lake area saw the most activity.
Getting a little stir crazy all cooped up indoors? Folks at the Itasca State Park are hosting several outdoor events that are free and open to the public. I Can Ice Fish! I Can Ice Fish! is a program that Itasca officials have been putting on for a couple of months now. "It's introducing beginners to ice fishing," explained Connie Cox, lead interpretive naturalist for Itasca.
Tapping into images of local history will soon be a click away. The Becker County Historical Society recently received two new grants that are expected to help make local history more accessible to its residents. The Minnesota Clean Land, Water and Legacy Amendment awarded the museum with two grants: one to help fund the digitization of its historical photos and one to fund an upcoming traveling exhibit. The photographs If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the online community is about to inherit a wealth of words. The $6,845 grant will pay for both the software and equipment
The winter wonderland that is now the Detroit Lakes area is open for business -- an idea that can be heard outside with the rumble of the snowmobiles and the grumble of the ice augers. But local authorities warn winter fun should be accompanied by extreme caution right now. "There are a lot of lakes where there is still open water where it just hasn't frozen over yet," said Becker County Chief Deputy John Sieling, who says the biggest misconception is that people think just because they see vehicle tracks going across a lake, it must be safe.
'Tis the season to go out and return those unwanted items and shop for what you really want. The next few days will surely prove busy for retailers across the U.S. and in the Detroit Lakes area with the return lines likely being the real hot spot. According to Consumer Reports, almost one in seven adults returned at least one of their Christmas gifts last year (with the biggest reason cited being "they're just awful") and it's estimated that those who will do it this year will spend around an hour making that happen.
If you can't beat the cold weather, throw on a coat, strap on some skis and join it -- that's what the folks at Rainbow Resort (located between Waubun and Itasca State Park) are saying as they prepare for the annual cross country ski races. The event is taking place Saturday, Jan.
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A proud group of 225 Detroit Lakes third-graders are now the owners of their very own, and very thick dictionaries. (That's a noun pronounced dik-shuh-ner-ee, according to the dictionary.) The students received their gifts via the Detroit Lakes Morning and Noon Rotarians, who hand-delivered them to the classrooms. "We got a call from our district's literacy coordinator, who let us know that a group called The Dictionary Project wants to provide free dictionaries for third-graders in our school district," said Mike Stearns, a morning Rotarian who helped with the project.
A little glitz and glamour will be lighting up Detroit Lakes this New Year's Eve as the Kiwanis Club partners with the Holiday Inn for a formal and slightly swanky event. It's called "New Years Eve on Ice," and although the Holiday Inn had its inaugural event last year, its new partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Detroit Lakes has evolved it into a larger, charitable event. "They were looking for somebody to partner with them for this, and we were looking for a different, unique way to fundraise," said Kiwanis's co-chair for the event, Carrie Johnston, who says while the Holiday Inn has "
There's no arguing the fact that the Ojibwe language is a dying one. "It's in the critical stages of being a language lost," said Assistant Education Director for the White Earth Reservation, Mary Otto, who says very few people on White Earth speak the language now, and most of those that do are elders. But all that could soon be changing. "What's that?" asked Tiffany Thompson, one of the teachers at the Mahnomen Childcare Learning Center, as she pointed to a picture of a horse. "Bebeshigoooanzhii," said 4-year-old Madison Fairbanks of Mahnomen. Little Madison is only one of dozens o