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The stars aligned in White Earth this week. Circle of Life teacher Wendy Harstad was awarded the Minnesota No Child Left Behind 2007 American Star of Teaching. "Just watching students come in (to the gymnasium), I could notice a sense of community," Tracy Mulvenon said. She traveled from Washington, D.C., as a representative from the U.S. Department of Education to award Harstad the honor. Only one teacher from every state is being given the honor, and Harstad represents Minnesota.
Emily Steinle is only 14 but she's already attended at least 12 funerals since 1999. There have been friends, family and friends close enough to be family. "It's just weird," she said of the amount of funerals she's attend thus far. "It's just something I grew up with.
The Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Detroit Lakes, is offering students a bump up in their education. MSCTC has partnered with Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, to offer a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in management.
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, not this doctor. Chiropractor David Gottenborg's interest in apple production has grown to the point that this year he is selling his apples in Audubon, and business is delicious. Gottenborg Apple Orchard started as a hobby and has grown by sizeable proportions. Seven years ago Gottenborg met with Art Disse, owner of an apple orchard along Highway 34, to discuss apples. Gottenborg was interested. "I thought, 'I could do this,'" Gottenborg said.
Although it was a nice change of pace, it was an unfortunate incident that brought about that change. Detroit Lakes Public Works workers Bryan Sandberg and Kevin Larson spent two days in Northwood, N.D., helping clean up after a tornado ripped through the town. Public Works Director Brad Green said Mayor Larry Buboltz suggested sending someone from the city because Northwood had the equipment, but no one to operate it. The city council agreed to send Sandberg and Larson -- and pay them to go -- to "be good neighbors," Green said.
The Detroit Lakes Development Authority is moving forward to acquire the land north of Holmes Street in the redevelopment area -- the Burger Time and former laundromat area. Basically the city has two options regarding the property. One would be to wait for a developer to come along and buy up the property or develop around it, and the second would be to acquire the land in preparation for development.
Modern versus classic, or maybe a combination of both. That's the compromise the city of Detroit Lakes is trying to come to in the case of replacing the overlook wall near Holiday Inn. Scott Robinson, a landscape designer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, presented several scenarios of the wall replacement for the public works committee and other citizens and took feedback of what concepts to bring back next month. The work on the wall will likely take place next year.
Where are they now? No, this isn't about '80s hair bands or washed up child actors. It's about the animals rescued a few weeks ago by the Humane Society of the Lakes. The humane society rescued three dogs, eight kittens, a chicken, a pigeon, a bunny, a goat and a horse three weeks ago from an all but abandoned home just outside of Detroit Lakes. Less than a year earlier, they took six dogs from the same location.
Sept. 9, 1907: "A number of women met with Mrs. Bohlauder. The Bay View Reading Circle, having decided to change its course of study and in having been recommended that a women's club take its place, dissolved, in order that this club might be formed." That comes from the minutes of the first meeting establishing the Library Club in then Detroit. This week, the club celebrates 100 years. "They started as a study club, and study they did," Librarian Mary Haney said. Preserved are the booklets from each year the Library Club has existed.
What do you do when you're not sure what career you want to pursue? Career counselor probably isn't the first thought. Not so for Peter Vogt. The Detroit Lakes native -- Class of 1985 -- started out at Minnesota State University Moorhead majoring in math. That is until he realized it was boring. "I never thought I had to enjoy what I was doing. It never occurred to me," he said last weekend during a trip back to Detroit Lakes to visit family. So he made the switch to mass communications because he enjoyed writing and was good at it.