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When Gov. Mark Dayton laid out his budget plan for the next two years, there were winners and there were losers.
Little princesses from all around the land will be ascending upon the royal ballroom on Friday, Feb. 8, as Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance begins.
When 10-year-old Bryson Block walked up to the yellow house in the Shorewood area of Detroit Lakes for the first time, he didn't know what he was in for. "It was scary," said Bryson, who was about to enter his fifth or sixth foster home. For him, they hadn't been good experiences, so he wasn't expecting much here either.
Osmosis. It's the tendency of fluid, usually water, to pass through a semi-permeable membrane until there is an equal amount of fluid on both sides. That's the scientific definition. The human definition is when a group of empathetic, caring individuals with ample water pass through their own barriers to make sure water is distributed to people on the other side of the world who will certainly die without it. The big difference is the scientific version happens naturally. The human version happens only when there is a will.
Most days, Sgt. Shane Richard loves his job at the Becker County Sheriff's Department. Then there are those days he dreads. The ones where a deadly automobile crash has him walking up somebody's steps with horrid news. "It's almost like it's in slow motion," he said. "You know they have no idea why you're there, but you know how it's going to play out.
Snowmobile enthusiasts are getting revved up for one of the largest sled runs in the area. The annual Midnite Riders Old Timers Run is set for Saturday, Feb. 2, and it expected to once again bring in hundreds of sleds -- both classic and new -- to the event. Registration for the ride begins at 8 a.m. in Lake Park. "And of course we need the biggest parking lot in town for that, so we'll be at the Liquor Store," said Bud Hovelson, who is a member of the Midnite Riders Snowmobile Club.
We see the letter "e" everywhere -- e-mail, e- commerce, e-cards, egads! And just like everything else "e," e-cigarettes are also growing in popularity. "They just keep rolling and rolling," said Pam Do, manager of The Tobacco Shop in Detroit Lakes, who says since they started stocking the product two years ago, sales for the e-cigs have gone up by more than 30 percent.
The Detroit Lakes School District could be forced to say goodbye to over half a million dollars in continued revenue. Or not. On Tuesday Gov. Mark Dayton will roll out his budget proposal, and local educators will be anxiously waiting to hear whether he adopts a plan to get rid of something called "extended time revenue," which are the funds allocated to larger schools like Detroit Lakes for after-school academic programs such as Targeted Services for children that need extra help.
If you can't beat the weather, join it. That's what nature experts at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge are saying as they're offering up several free winter activities, and they have it all down to a science. Snowshoe Science Strap on your snowshoes (or the ones available for loan at Tamarac) and head out into the woods for a scientific adventure. "We'll have a master naturalist who knows a lot about the area and wildlife heading that up," said Janice Bengtson of Tamarac.
Little 19-month-old Ryan Larsen thinks he's a funny man. "He is funny," said his mom, Nikki, "he's like a class clown goofball ... he makes us laugh." He makes himself laugh, too, as he tots around exploring the rural Detroit Lakes home that he clearly owns.