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DETROIT LAKES - For the last seven years, Janell Girodat has lived with cancer. But that doesn't mean it has taken over her life or that she doesn't put up a good fight each and every day. And people are noticing. Girodat, of Kindred, has been chosen as the torchbearer for this year's Becker County Relay for Life, scheduled for Friday. "Her name was brought up and we had heard what an inspiration she was to the high school kids," Relay for Life organizer Michelle Bjorgan said.
DETROIT LAKES - Detroit Lakes Police Sgt. Robert Strand and his dog, Macho, have been practicing up for this week's U.S. Police Canine Association Region 18 Field Trials. "As long as we're on the same page, we're going good," Strand said of his training and competition with his K-9 Macho. The three-day long event begins today (Sunday) with registration. Then on Monday the competition begins. Strand said he is working daily with Macho to improve on their skills. "We're focusing on the events of competition, trying to fine-tune everything," he said last week.
DETROIT LAKES - It may have been "top secret" up to now, but the Historic Holmes Theatre has finally lifted the curtain for a little sneak peek at its 2008-09 season. Though season tickets won't go on sale until early August, and individual show tickets a few weeks after that, Holmes Theatre executive director Amy Stoller Stearns is hoping to generate a little "buzz" by giving the public an early glimpse into what's in store. Now entering its sixth year of operation, the Historic Holmes Theatre attracts over 40 percent of its audience from 20-plus miles away, making it "a truly regional th
An amazing journey to Costa Rica has taught April Asleson both about the medical field and not taking things for granted. The 2004 Detroit Lakes High School graduate is a student at St. Cloud State University and traveled to Costa Rica May 19-28 with seven other St. Cloud students through the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children program. An experience, she said, she'll never forget and hopes to repeat in the future. "It was amazing. Everything there is complete opposite of how it is here. Like the people are just so warm and loving," she said.
Area families will have something new to do Fridays this summer -- watch movies outdoors. Tuesday evening the Detroit Lakes City Council approved Scott Brevik's request to show G or PG rated movies for families in the City Park on Friday evenings. "I was born and raised in Detroit Lakes and remember as a child many of the things from the summer growing up and would like to do the same for kids now," he wrote in his request. Brevik plans to host the movies in the city bandshell, where families can bring blankets and a snack and enjoy the film.
As a tribute to all veterans, the White Earth Veterans Association is hosting The Wall: A Tribute to our Veterans on Aug. 20-25. The event will be held at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, but organizers Don York and Tim St. Clair stress the celebration isn't for any particular group of veterans, but rather any and all heroes. A large focus of the celebration will be on the Wall, a traveling wall with Vietnam veterans' names listed on it. There will also be towers on display, naming those that died in the terrorist attacks of 9-11.
Kiddie Land may be gone, but artist Danika Leitheiser is helping keep the memories alive. "I remember the last I went there, I was probably 7," she said of the child entertainment park that was located in Detroit Lakes along Washington Avenue. At the urging of her father, Leitheiser decided to put her art skills to work and capture the park with her colored pencils. She donated a print of her original to the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce and will also donate one to the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center.
Lace up your running shoes, there's another race in the area. New this year, the Run 'Round the Rose is set for July 19 around Rose Lake, located between Frazee and Vergas.
If some Frazee-Vergas School District residents have their way, the excess operating levy referendum will be on the November ballot again. Fourteen people gathered Sunday evening to start the petition process to get signatures for either revoking the referendum or reducing it to $500 per student, rather than the $1,000 that passed last fall. "People are upset with increased taxes and possibly the loss of their home or farm," Oscar Birkeland said.
When the Becker County Senior Network hosted Senior Fest in 2004, about 400 seniors turned out for a day of celebrating ... well, seniors. This year, organizers are hoping for 400-500 seniors to come enjoy a day of pontoon rides, music and more. "This is even bigger and better (than in 2004)," organizer Joy Crouch said. "We haven't celebrated the seniors for four years, so we want to give back," organizer Judy Peterson agreed. This year Senior Fest is set for Tuesday, June 24, in the Detroit Lakes Pavilion.