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DETROIT LAKES -- Unfortunately, due to an increase in demand and a decrease in donations, the Becker County Food Pantry has had to make a few reductions. "First off, we want to thank the community for their support over the years," Director Jack Berenz said. With that said, the food pantry has had to reduce the number of times people can use the pantry in a six-month period, and organizers have had to reduce the amount of food in the boxes as well. Over the years, people were able to visit the food pantry three times in a six-month period.
When the Detroit Lakes VFW hosted a meet and greet for the Patriot Riders this weekend, they got to see more than planned. "We did not know that car was coming or we would have made arrangements," VFW Commander Dave Coalwell said. That car is the Operation Enduring Freedom car, honoring National Guard soldiers who have died in the line of service. The time period of those deaths range from April 15, 2002 to Sept.
The Becker County Relay for Life is June 20, but now is the time to start thinking about signing up your team and walking for the cause. The Becker County Chapter of the American Cancer Society hosts its Relay for Life kick-off and informational meeting Thursday, March 6, at 6 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes. The meeting is open to "anybody interested in Relay for Life," Relay Co-Chair Michelle Bjorgan said.
When Ellen Gilbert's parents bought their 1941 Ford new, they likely didn't expect their daughter and future son-in-law to earn the highest honors in restoration of the vehicle. Feb. 9, the Antique Automobile Club of America presented Orlo and Ellen Gilbert, Detroit Lakes, with the George Holley Excellence Award, Central Division. Last summer, when Detroit Lakes hosted the Spring Judging Meet, Gilberts showed their 1941 Woody. "I knew people were there dressed in certain jackets, but I didn't know what they were about," Gilbert said.
DETROIT LAKES -- It's time to start thinking about prom and time to start thinking about college. Why not combine the two into one expo? That's just what students and faculty at Minnesota State Community & Technical College, Detroit Lakes, are doing. For the first time, the administrative management technology program's event management class is hosting a prom expo and campus visit on Thursday, March 6.
DETROIT LAKES -- Over the years, the Fat Cats have changed a few group members here and there, taken a break from touring and only continued to grow successfully. Now they are using the Internet to claw their way to the top of cyberspace as well. Using the social network MySpace, The Fat Cats became the No. 1 classic rock band in Minnesota and in the top two in the Blues category, competing with Fargo artist Shannon Curfman and Minneapolis artist Peter Lang. They have also hit No.
During the morning of Sept. 4, 1982, the weekend before he was to start college on a scholarship, Mike Heikes landed an apartment, and he and a friend decided to go out and celebrate "our new freedom." They had timed themselves driving in his car from where he lived into town. This time around, they were in his friend's car, trying to beat that time. Heikes was the passenger. Just north of Fergus Falls, they went into a curve at an estimated 101 miles an hour.
Minnesota Department of Transportation engineers Tom Lundberg and Jeff Perkins met with members of the public and the city council Monday afternoon to discuss the Highway 10 project. Whistle-Free Zone The city has never strayed from its decision that it is sick of train whistles and wants to be rid of them as soon as possible. An issue has come up at the Washington Avenue crossing, though. "I don't want to underplay it if there are problems," Alderman Bruce Imholte said. The project will hopefully go through, with just the obstacle of a "longer review period," Perkins said.
DETROIT LAKES -- Staff at the Detroit Lakes Public Library will no longer have to worry about heat. With Becker County, which has provided the library building with heat at a reduced rate for years, replacing its heating system because of the addition to the courthouse, the city needed to take action on heating the library. After getting quotes on replacing the boiler to provide either natural gas, electric or both, the decision was made to install natural gas. The city's public utilities electrician Al Johnson said electric would be too costly for the city because lines would have to be
Next school year, Frazee-Vergas Schools will run past the Memorial weekend in 2009. "The way next year works out, we will go past Memorial weekend, and because of state law, we can't start school before Labor Day," School Board member Dwight Cook said. During the 2008-09 school year, there will be a two-week period off over Christmas for "winter break." Both Christmas and New Year's fall on a Thursday this year. But that's not the only time students will have off.