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Four years after its inception, the St. Mary's Innovis Health's Legacy Leaders organizers have some news that can't be matched. Well actually, the matching is the news. During this year's Legacy Leader Drive, which runs through May 2, money raised will be matched by not only one donor, but two. A $100 donation is now worth $300. Now that's good math. Phil and Dianna Hansen have agreed to match funds after being inspired to give back after one of their children had used St. Mary's pediatric therapy services.
"It's not as boring as it sounds." That's what Taylor Ohm had to say about her trip to the Twin Cities for the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs STARS conference. Her classmates that attended the conference with her agree. "They missed out," Tipton Taylor said.
Since almost the moment he was born, Duston Steeke had difficulty breathing. "He was on oxygen from the time he was born," his mom, Amy, said. Since that time, Duston, now 3, has had surgery on his heart and been sick multiple times, but looking at him, no one would ever know that.
Detroit Lakes teachers had a difficult decision this time around when voting for Teacher of the Year. But the ballots were tallied, and Shan Manke was award the honor Thursday evening. Starting six years ago, the Education Minnesota Detroit Lakes Teacher of the Year celebration was a small one, with about 10 people at the event. It has certainly grown in past few years. Nominated for the EMDL Teacher of the Year award were Manke, Bonnie Mohs and Pam Daly. Daly is a teacher at the Detroit Lakes Middle School, Mohs at the high school, and Manke at Roosevelt Elementary.
The billboard discussion has been laid to rest. Finally. After at least a year of meetings and discussion, the Detroit Lakes City Council voted unanimously to pass a second reading to amend the city ordinance relative to business signs, advertising sign and free standing signs, or billboards. While a majority of the changes in the amendment were agreed upon after a sign committee recommended changes, the one issue that has been repeatedly discussed maybe wasn't even an issue to begin with. "You're debating an issue that has not been an issue," Cyndi Anderson said.
The ghost of the George Simson Auditorium, if there is one, will have to share the stage with another ghost this week. The Detroit Lakes Public Schools Department of Performing Arts presents "The Uninvited" April 24-26 at 7:30 p.m.
After a senior student missed out on her band trip to Florida, one teacher now has a complaint filed against him or her and the family is asking for reimbursement from the Frazee-Vergas School District. Because of data privacy issues, the teacher isn't being named. Debra Renollet spoke Monday evening on behalf of her daughter at the regular Frazee-Vergas School Board meeting. Before being allowed three minutes in front of the board, Renollet had to go through the channels of talking to the teacher, principal and superintendent.
Different ages, different reasons, different futures, one common goal achieved. Next Tuesday, about 25 graduates will take part in the GED graduation ceremony -- among them Tim Erickson, 20, Elena Acosta, 28, and Rachel Williams, 65. "I wanted to have finished my high school education," Williams said was her reason for returning after all these years to complete her GED.
For a first time painting on canvas, ninth grader Lera Hephner has proven she has a talent for it. As a part of her art class earlier this school year, the Waubun 15-year-old chose to paint David Bradley's "Pow Wow Princess in the Process of Acculturation." "I was very surprised I could do that," she said of the end result. During the class, students were assigned to do a 2-D drawing and painting. Although she has been drawing since she was little and playing around with water colors, this was her first attempt at acrylic paints.
The end of life subject can be a taboo one, but it doesn't have to be. It can actually be helpful and ease the stress for family members. Hospice of the Red River Valley and St. Mary's Innovis Health have partnered to present Dying Days: Questions at the End of Life. The presentation, they guarantee, is not depressing but instead is more along the lines of the recent comedy "The Bucket List," starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. "The hurdle is trying to explain the energy in this," Hospice's Joy Crouch said. Two years ago, the St.