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During the wars over the years, unfortunately many parents have received notice that their child has died in war. One family, Mr. and Mrs. Bellmore of White Earth, received a little something extra during World War II after their son, Dennis, was killed in action. Dennis’ friend, Tom Kelly, wrote a personal letter to the Bellmores, telling them how much of a hero their son was. While the Becker County Historical Society has the original letter, they have little other information on the Bellmores.
First, let’s start with a little quiz to see how well you know your state. (Assuming you live in Minnesota, or at least have in the past.) More than likely,...
With such serious subjects like mental health, suicide and poverty, it's hard not to feel down. But not Julia Dinsmore. "If we don't laugh, we'll cry all the time," she said. "That is a part of how we deal with life." Dinsmore and longtime friend Sharon Enjady will be presenting Improving Wellness: Mental Health Perspectives from Two Cultures through poetry, song and stories — and that includes humor. Essentia Health is sponsoring the Thursday, Oct. 8, event from 7-9 p.m. in the Historic Holmes Theatre.
It’s a work in progress – repairing the house of the Lord, making sure it is ready for generations to come. This year’s project at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee – which is in its final phase – is the replacement of the storm windows protecting the stained glass windows throughout the church. With the first two phases completed, there aren’t many windows left, but the first two phases aren’t quite paid for yet either. “We’re trying to get the community involved more,” church member Bud Hensel said of the community fundraiser the church is hosting on Friday, Oct.
Frazee-Vergas School District is taking steps toward a future, but what that future is is unknown at the moment. The board voted in favor of moving forward on purchasing a...
On Oct. 10, the Detroit Lakes Pavilion is will be the place to be for fun — regardless of your age. The Detroit Lakes Lions Club is hosting the annual Harvest Moon Ball, and the day starts off with a 5k fun run and pancakes. “This is a fundraiser (to raise funds) for all the entities we give to in the community,” Lions member Armand Radke said, listing various ones like the Boys and Girls Club, Dollars for Scholars, diabetes foundation, Relay for Life, Leader and Patriot dog programs and more. Registration for the run is from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m., with the start at 9.
After 60 years of Sunday school Christmas programs, Ladies Aid, church suppers and good fellowship, Strandvik Lutheran Church in rural Lake Park is closing its doors. It was a hard...
With a colorful tree here and there dotting the horizon, it’s only a matter of weeks – or less – and Becker County will be blazing with oranges, reds and yellows. Thanks to a wet spring and not-so-dry summer, this year’s fall colors are predicted to be better, and brighter, than usual. “Current weather conditions indicate we’re on track for a great fall color year,” said Patricia Arndt, communications and outreach manager for the Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division.
After closing a few years ago and going back to Becker County in tax forfeiture, the Gary’s Furniture building in downtown Frazee has gone through a few bumps. The county talked about selling the building (which is actually four parcels but multiple additions making it one building), but the city sent an inspector in and he came out with a not-so-favorable review – not fit for resale. The inspector found mold and leaking water. There are also possibly asbestos tiles, mercury switch and lead paint.
Mark Hagen was planning a motorcycle trip with his 15-year-old son, Hunter, when his younger son, Spencer, 13, said that if they had a sidecar, he could go, too. So that’s just what they did. Last month, the trio took a 4,227-mile road trip that brought them from home in Detroit Lakes to the west coast and back. “The goal was to see a sundown and see the redwoods,” Hagen said. They headed out on a Saturday, and their first stop was at a state park in Glendive, Mont.