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On the roller coaster of unemployment statistics, Becker County is currently slightly up. According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, as of January, Becker County’s unemployment rate is at 8.4 percent – up from 7.6 in January of 2012 and 9.5 percent two years ago. Those rates are not seasonally adjusted, and should be compared to the not seasonally adjusted statewide and national rates, which were at 6.7 percent and 8.5 percent respectively in January.
Snow may be on the ground, but spring is in the air. Easter events are right around the corner, including a couple of big ones that are free and open to the public. Easter Eggstravaganza This event is happening Saturday, March 16, in the Lakes Area Vineyard Church in Detroit Lakes.
Right now there are 10 children staying at the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center in Detroit Lakes. Some of them are very little, some are school-aged children … all of them have been through too much. But what they don’t know as they snuggle into their new, colorful fleece blankets is that somebody cares about them … somebody they’ve probably never met … somebody who just turned 11 years old.
Ly Mai and Sandy Ta both have a thing for beauty. “I like to make people more beautiful … I like to take care of people,” said Mai, smiling. The ladies, originally from Vietnam, are just about ready to swing open the doors to a business where they’ll be offering up the “cure” to unsightly nails. One of the last spaces in the third building of the Downtown Crossing is now home to Marvelous Nails —co-owned by Mai and Ta.
Cocktail, Swedish, mozzarella, Italian or the kind you throw onto a plate of spaghetti --it rarely matters because the meatball seems to have a gravitational force capable of pulling in just about anybody. That's why the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary is once again planning its spring fund-raiser around the meatball, as they prepare to raise money for the Becker County Food Pantry. The Meatball Supper is being held Tuesday, March 12, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
The Detroit Lakes QWERTY Robotics Team is busy raising funds for its growing program and is asking for the public's help in obtaining at least part of a nation-wide grant. $5,000 is up for grabs for the high school robotics team that receives the most on-line votes for their video. The voting began a couple of weeks ago and goes through March 18. Students on the QWERTY team made the process easy as they placed a yellow star on their webpage ( www.qwertyrobotics.com ).
A good amount of snowfall is causing a good amount of trouble for area anglers. Snow pack and drifts on the lakes are making for a tough time hauling fish houses off lakes, and snow or not, time is ticking. The Minnesota DNR requires houses be removed by certain dates according to where they are located. Houses south of Highway 10, including Detroit Lake, need to be off by midnight this Monday. Those north of Highway 10, including lakes like Floyd, have until March 18.
Residents on White Earth are preparing for the Reservation's first ever White Earth Wolf Conference, as enrolled members there continue the fight for the right to ban wolf hunting on that land. The gray wolves, which are sacred to Native Americans, were taken off the federal endangered or threatened species list last January after roughly 37 years of protection. Although some legislators and many Native Americans fought for a five-year moratorium on wolf hunting, that never happened as the Minnesota DNR deemed the wolf population strong enough to withstand a hunting season and the majority
Moans and groans from all over the area can be heard from residents sick and tired of winter. But then there are those who are way too busy to complain -- busy cashing in. Minnesota winters are crucial for some businesses that were deprived of it last year and the first part of this season as well.
Animal lovers from around the region are getting ready to cough up some Hairball funds, as the Marshmallow Foundation prepares for its second annual Hairball. The big spring fundraiser is being held at Zorbaz at the Lake in Detroit Lakes on March 10 beginning at 4 p.m. as a way to raise money for the non-profit animal rescue and shelter. The organization is a 7-city impound facility that covers Detroit Lakes, Callaway, Frazee, Lake Park, Audubon, Waubun and Mahnomen.