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Tanner Yocom is going places. Not only with his academic intelligence, but literally, places all over the globe. This past summer, the 15-year-old ninth grader at Detroit Lakes High School traveled Europe with EF Tours. As a seventh grader, he saw a poster inviting students to attend a meeting for the European tour. He did and became interested. After two years of meetings, Yocom joined people from Iowa and California to tour England, Germany, Italy and France. "I couldn't sleep that night, as to be expected," he said of the night before leaving for Europe.
Mommy. Grandma. Teacher. Tammy Torma has been called them all. In fact though, she's none of them to the kids calling her those titles. She is in fact their day care provider and was just named the 2006 Professional Family Child Care Provider from Becker County. When Torma, of Frazee, was pregnant with her son, who is now 9, she worked in Detroit Lakes. (Torma also has a daughter who is 17.) She said she had a difficult time having to find a day care for her son.
Christmas is going to be a great time for the Alfred and Lily Barnett family. On Dec. 17, Habitat for Humanity is dedicating its fifth home in Detroit Lakes, the Barnett home, located on the corner of Union Street and Roosevelt Avenue. "We hope to have them in for Christmas dinner," Habitat President Barb Thomsen said. Besides helping another family find a permanent residence, Habitat has some exciting news of its own. The organization has decided to begin building a house for a family every year.
On a roughed in stage, the Lake Park-Audubon students perform their first read-through without scripts. It's not quite the polished version audiences will see in a few weeks, but director Jim Hopkins is sure his crew will be ready for opening night. Lake Park-Audubon students are performing "The White Sheep of the Family" by L. du Garde Peach and Ian Hay on Nov.
Once again, the Frazee-Vergas School District is attempting to pass an excess levy referendum on Nov. 7. This time around though, the school board members have shortened the number of years, lowered the amount they are requesting and specified what the money will go toward. "This is a different flavor," said Deron Stender, school superintendent. "The school district does not have an expenditure problem, but revenue problems," he said. This time around, the district is asking for $399 per student in the form of two questions on the ballot.
A former Detroit Lakes man died Sunday morning in a plane crash in Kentucky. Kelly Heyer, 27, worked as a flight attendant and was aboard the Comair Flight 5191 when it took off on the wrong runway at Blue Grass Airport, Lexington, Ky. Heyer is described as outgoing and well liked. "That's what everyone has been saying about him, and they're right on the money, warm and caring," said high school friend Andy Van Dam, Detroit Lakes. "That's the sound bite of the week, and it's definitely true with Kelly." Heyer and Van Dam graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1997.
Detroit Lakes city officials are looking to cut the percentage of levy increases for 2007. And they did just that Tuesday morning. While it started out at a 34 percent levy increase, the budget committee worked numbers down to roughly 14 percent last week, and whittled the increase down further to 5.2 percent on Tuesday. It was working toward 5 percent, as the mayor had requested.
The fall caregiver retreat is going to be an interesting and fun one. Scheduled for Sept. 26, caregivers can plan on a day packed with relaxing times and some pampering. "It's kind of like vacation bible school with lots of activities and rotating," said Joy Crouch, of Hospice of the Red River Valley and a member of the Becker County Caregiver Support Team. The day begins at 9 a.m. in the Pavilion with registration and refreshments. Then from 9:30 a.m.
A former Detroit Lakes man who died Sunday morning in a plane crash in Kentucky is described by friends as outgoing and well liked. Kelly Heyer, 27, worked as a flight attendant and was aboard the Comair Flight 5191 when it took off on the wrong runway at Blue Grass Airport, Lexington, Ky. "That's what everyone has been saying about him, and they're right on the money -- warm and caring," said high school friend Andy Van Dam, Detroit Lakes. "That's the sound bite of the week, and it's definitely true with Kelly." Heyer and Van Dam graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1997.
More than a shared border could eventually link Minnesota to Canada. A group from Manitoba, Canada, made a few stops along the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail -- with a stop in Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge on Monday -- to get ideas on making their own birding trail.