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Dick Beardsley Half Marathon runners passing mile seven will find something new this year. For a mile stretch, family and friends will host a Journey for Jess where there will be banners and decorations, bringing awareness to Jess Beecher and her fight with epilepsy. "It's more for recognizing it," event organizer Brent Wolf said. "It's raising awareness for the cause." Jess Marie Beecher lost her three-year battle with epilepsy on June 18, 2007, after she suffered a seizure and her brain was deprived of adequate oxygen for an extensive period of time. She was only 3 years old.
Three years ago Patti Spry approached two teens about attending a Youth in Theology and Ministry camp and the results continue to grow each year. Spry, youth minister at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, asked Sydney Henderson and Tiffany Wirtz to attend the leadership summer camp at St. John's School of Theology Seminary. "They talk about community service and projects for our church," Henderson said. She and Wirtz decided to start a choir for high schoolers at their church. There was a children's choir already, but a missing spot for teenagers.
After having some problems with flowering rush growing in the water along their beachfront, some residents on Deadshot Bay took matters into their own hands -- literally. Last summer, the Deadshot Estates Condominium Association eradicated the flowering rush in its beach area.
What started out as a few guys getting together to play music has grown into a benefit concert, with a fortunate surprise along the way. "The guys in the band and I were sitting around and thought, 'well, we all have decent jobs, we should give back to the community,'" Mike Hokanson said. They decided to give back in the form of the Becker County Food Pantry. Four bands will be performing Saturday afternoon and evening from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes City Park bandshell. The event is free, but organizers are asking for free-will donations of cash and non-perishable food.
From the pictures, stories and music chosen at his funeral, it is evident Chris Carlson was a country boy who loved his horse, hunting and outdoors. What the stories also told was of his dedication, out-going personality, love of family and crazy antics. Carlson died Sunday, Aug. 17, in an ATV accident. The Lake Park man was 29 years old. "This is a confusing time, a time we don't understand. Our hearts are breaking today," his aunt said Friday morning at the funeral.
Tuesday is the official closing and auction of Wisted Brothers Hardware Hank on North Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes. "We will officially be unemployed," Bruce Wisted said with a laugh. After being in the family business for 30 years -- it's been a hardware business for 62 years -- brothers Bruce and Ron are closing the doors and auctioning off all remaining inventory and the two buildings that house the hardware store. The sale begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The buildings are the "first items up for business." After the sale of the buildings, shop tools and inventory will be sold.
From the time he was 6 years old, Butch Thompson has honed his love of the piano. He listened to his father's old records from the 1930s and '40s, watched the Ed Sullivan show, and just knew performing was the thing he'd do. In seventh grade, Thompson's English teacher asked the class to say what they wanted to do as a career when they got older. When it was Thompson's turn, he told his teacher he wanted to be a piano player in a nightclub. "She didn't like that. She thought I was making fun of the whole thing, and I was not. I was kind of surprised she found that naughty or something.
Today, Amanda Wothe celebrates her golden birthday -- 20 on the 20th. She's got so much more to celebrate than this milestone, though. For instance, the winning of her 39th Special Olympic medal, competing at the national level. Or finally meeting her music favorite Billy Ray Cyrus. Or being in an ad in Time Magazine, set to hit newsstands Aug. 25 -- just to name a few. "She's had a really great year," Tammy Wothe said of her daughter.
Yes, there may be weeds along the Detroit Lakes swimming beach, but no, they're not being ignored. "We're seeing more of it because we're not cutting it," Pelican River Watershed District Administrator Tera Guetter said. "Before it was cosmetically you couldn't see it. People thought if you couldn't see it, they didn't think it was there.
Detroit Lakes is in need of an extra big turnout for the Capital for a Day celebration at the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, Sept. 1. A parade featuring the five Capital for a Day cities -- Detroit Lakes, Bemidji, Thief River Falls, New Ulm and Winona -- takes place at 2 p.m. in the Twin Cities. Each city also has the opportunity to showcase their city with one hour of entertainment and presentations. Detroit Lakes' is scheduled for 2:30-3:30 p.m. So to ensure as many participants and supporters as possible, the city is sponsoring a coach bus to go down to the Twin Cities for a day.