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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
As Detroit Lakes high school students had a moment of silence Monday morning for the lives lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings Friday, a grim reminder of the chilliest possibilities was cast upon not just the students, but the faculty charged with keeping them safe. "It's your worst nightmare as an administrator and as a parent," said Detroit Lakes Superintendent Doug Froke, "It's so devastating you can't even frame it up into words." But Froke and other school leaders will try, as he says school security will be on the agenda for future meetings within the school district.
Nobody should be alone on Christmas -- that is the whole idea behind Christmas at Our House, a Christmas feast put on by volunteers at Detroit Lakes First Lutheran Church. The event, which has become a yearly tradition at the church, is set for Christmas day from noon until 2 p.m. Christmas at Our House, which is all-volunteer staffed, is free and open to the public.
It's a collaborative game of back and forth, as the Detroit Lakes School Board takes the ball in its court while constructing a multi-project facilities plan that includes a new 1,000-seat K-3 elementary school. Two weeks ago the plan was in the hands of a community steering committee charged with brainstorming ideas and projects. Those additional projects caused the entire plan to shoot up to roughly $61 million - $18 million more than the architect's original estimate.