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DETROIT LAKES -- In 1992, at the age of 8, Lucas Holzhueter's mother enrolled him in tae kwon do "because I wasn't listening to my teachers." Sixteen years later, Holzhueter has become literally a master at marital arts. He earned his junior black belt at age 11, and his black belt in kumdo, a form of sword fighting, by age 17. Gradually, he has worked his way up the ranks, and a week ago, he tested and passed and is now ranked 4th Dan, or Master, in tae kwon do. He had been assisting with tae kwon do in Bemidji since he was 12 years old, and in 2003, he took over the Bemidji State club.
Detroit Lakes High School students are rallying behind two of their own this Friday. Back in December, students planning the annual Snoball dance decided something needed to be done to support their classmates during their time of need. They decided all proceeds from the dance -- which costs $7 to attend -- will be donated to students Matt Fairbanks and Tiffany Moe, who both have cancer. "It's a way for students to help students, yet have fun," said Bonnie Mohs, advisor and family and consumer science teacher at the high school. This year the event is being held in the Holmes Ballroom
DETROIT LAKES - On Thursday, Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary President Jay Johnson gave a dollar toward Happy Dollars, noting that he was happy to be giving even more. "It's not every day I get to give away (more than) $6,000," he said. Noon Rotary donated two checks that afternoon -- one to Stacy Heinlein of the Detroit Lakes Boys and Girls Club, and one to Judy Peterson, Becker County coordinator on aging. The $4,500 check going to the Boys and Girls Club was the last installation of donations to the club of its Centennial Project for $18,000. Heinlein passed out thank you cards that the k
Sally, Dick and Jane. They were fun to grow up with and made a lasting impact on Katie Dretsch. Now she reads more along the lines of David Shannon's "A Bad Case of the Stripes," "No, David" and "David Goes to School," still enjoying youth literature. That passion for books and reading, regardless of age, is what prompted Dretsch to adopt "Readers are Leaders" as her platform for her upcoming Miss Minnesota competition.
DETROIT LAKES -- Detroit Lakes dancers are high kicking their way to the sections competition Feb. 2. Coming off first and second places in January competitions, the danceline crew is ready for the challenge of sections. Although the Minnesota State High School League has only been recognizing danceline as an official sport for about three years, the Detroit Lakes team has been performing for about 10 years, coach Ronita Hackel said.
DETROIT LAKES -- A "copycat" incident backed by high expectations and standards brought multiple Detroit Lakes High School students what they consider an unfair punishment.
FRAZEE -- After offering the Frazee administrator position to one candidate who turned it down, the city has offered the position to another candidate who had pulled her application. The Frazee City Council offered candidate Matt Klemetson the position of administrator. He came back with a counter offer, which was in turn countered by the council. Klemetson then declined the job offer. Klemetson lives in Ulen and serves on that city council.
FRAZEE -- After interviews and a job offer, Frazee is still without a city administrator. Last week, the Frazee City Council offered candidate Matthew Klemetson the position. Klemetson counter offered, which the city declined. The city council then went back and counter offered again, and Klemetson declined the position. Klemetson, who lives in Ulen and serves on that city council, works for Harland Financial Solutions in Fargo.
The Detroit Lakes Boys and Girls Club is changing its image, and as a direct result, increasing the number of kids it serves. "It used to a place for poor kids to roughhouse," board member Tim Dodd said. But that has definitely changed, said Executive Director Pat Petermann, adding that a large portion of the kids come from two-parent working-class families.
Anyone interested in con-tributing ideas on a convention center in Detroit Lakes, take note: now is the time to step forward. The Detroit Lakes Development Authority has set up a focus group to help with the convention center feasibility study.