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After a very successful blood drive with fellow Minnesota Department of Transportation employees and families, the Jesse and Bridget Miller family is now preparing for a community-wide blood drive. After the Millers' daughter, Ellie, now 2, was born, she required 32 units of blood. To help replenish the supply Ellie had used, MnDOT employees and spouses -- both Jesse and Bridget Miller work for MnDOT -- lined up to donate blood.
WHITE EARTH - Long Nguyen says he is finally comfortable enough to tell his life story, and hopefully inspire others in the process. "I look back and say 'My God, I did it,'" he said Monday from the White Earth Health Center. He is working with a two-week program as a dentist through the Indian Health Services program. But his journey began long before his time in Minnesota. Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1974, the youngest of eight children. "My family and I were the original boat people," he said.
Longtime business owner Donna Nester passed away suddenly early Monday morning. The former Marquee Gift Shop proprietor co-owned the business with Kay Larson for 29 years. Larson said Tuesday that Nester had worked for the former owners since she was in high school, and would carry photos to the post office to be mailed. Nester and Larson purchased the business in 1979, although they had known each other for years prior to the purchase. "We had such a good rapport, we worked well together," Larson said. "We knew what each other was going to do. "People enjoyed her.
Hair loss isn't the only visual effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatments due to cancer. There are also changes in skin pigmentation and texture, skin oiliness, peeling and alterations in finger nail texture and growth rate. There is a program ready to help women mask those changes. The "Look Good...Feel Better" program is for women cancer patients, to teach them make-up and skincare techniques.
Detroit Development Authority still isn't satisfied with the conference center study. After several correspondences with David Stone of Economics Research Associates, the firm hired by RDG Planning and Design to perform the conference center study, authority members stated Tuesday afternoon they still feel they are not getting all the information needed to make an informed decision on whether or not Detroit Lakes could support a conference center. "He doesn't feel that's part of the study and is not going to do that," Community Development Director Larry Remmen said of Stone when asked for
DETROIT LAKES - It seems more of a story that producers in Hollywood should be hearing rather than a Detroit Lakes attorney. Two baby girls switched at birth, only to find out 50-some years later they had been raised by opposite families. "When I first heard, I certainly thought it was interesting," said Jeff Stowman, the Detroit Lakes attorney that handled the federal case in the Federal District Court for North Dakota. "I didn't care if we received a bunch of money for these families. It was more about the hospital held accountable for their mistake," he said.
CALLAWAY - At 10 months of age, Emeric Swiers' parents noticed he had started having seizures. Doctors say he likely had always had seizures, it's just no one had noticed. He would have 20-30 seizures a day until he went on medication nearly a year ago. Now, at 23 months of age, he will go a week with no seizures and then have 10 in one day. Doctors have no explanation. That's the struggle for parents Jacob and Nicole Swiers of Callaway -- the not knowing. Emeric was diagnosed with epilepsy, but that's not all. He has an unknown metabolic disorder. "They don't know which one he has.
Four games, $11, 11 throws and one stuffed dog -- that was a consolation prize for missing the bull's-eye. Oh, the fair. After some wandering and scouting out the games at the Becker County Fair, four booths were chosen to test skill, chance and how things go on a stomach half filled with cheese curds. Game No. 1: Basketball The object of this game is pretty self-explanatory -- shoot the ball through the hoop. My test subject -- newspaper photographer Brian Basham -- takes two shots and misses two shots.
After a few attempts at winning a crown so she could move onto the Miss Minnesota competition, Lacey Erickson has finally reached that goal. Erickson, 20, was crowned Miss Northwest 2008 at the start of the Northwest Water Carnival events. She graduated from Pelican Rapids High School in 2006 and is enrolled at the University of North Dakota in broadcast journalism. At the pageant, Erickson also won the eveningwear and personal interview portions of the pageant.
One more north side business is closing in Detroit Lakes. Wisted's Hardware Hank is closing its doors next month after nearly 40 years of business. Co-owner Bruce Wisted talked about the history of the building, business and the neighborhood, what's changed since getting into the family business and why it's time to close up shop. Building history The north portion of the brick building, called the Landmark Building, was built in 1873. It changed hands many times, but Wisted said his earliest memory of the building is Grims Guard Grocery Store.