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The term "home for the holidays" holds a deeper meaning for a family new to Detroit Lakes this year. That's because only a couple of weeks ago, 16-year-old 'Z', 15-year-old Emily, 14-year-old Jake and 11-year-old Joey were homeless -- literally living on the streets of Hawaii after their mother abandoned them there a few months ago. Their father, a carpenter who traded his services for free boarding, had been raising the children on his own for six years. "The kids were always with me ...
BY PAULA QUAM email@example.com When you know who you are, you'll know what to do -- and Jon Mickelson knows both. The auto mechanic of 30 years is once again rolling up his sleeves and re-opening the business that helped make him who he is. Chaney's auto repair shop has opened back up as "Chaney's 2" on the corner of Washington Avenue and Highway 34. "Chaney was my father's first name," explained Mickelson, "Over the years people thought his last name was Chaney, so they would call him 'Mr.
Some "big losers" over at SJE-Rhombus are helping to make those in need big winners this holiday season. A group of employees have been 'working their rear ends off' for months, putting together a health awareness contest designed to encourage employees to lose extra pounds and gain extra funds. Four teams of 20 SJE volunteers were formed in February. "It was a team concept where we all jumped on the scale at the same time," said SJE Design Engineer Rick Strozyk, who helped coordinate the challenge. All spring the employees encouraged each other day after day until May, when the big we
She's doesn't have a slender, feminine physique; her body is full of wrinkles and she passes gas in crowds. Her name if Fiona, and she is becoming quite the local super star. The three-year-old English bulldog is making her rounds on the White Earth Reservation, visiting classrooms, daycares and pre-schools. Her message is worn around her neck on a snappy, red bandana that reads: 'Don't be a bully.' It's reiterated on posters that hang around various reservation buildings that feature her brother, Boris, stating that he should be the only bully in here. Although he lives in the Twin
It was as if the whole world was standing still in Frazee Friday afternoon as the community said goodbye to Myrel Schermerhorn. The 17-year-old was what they called "no ordinary boy," and that was evident by the sheer mass of people that showed up to mourn his loss, as funeral attendance rivaled that of the town's population. An entire high school gymnasium wasn't enough to hold the crowd, as mourners spilled into an additional room in the school -- a school that is sprinkled with posters and pictures of the blonde-haired, blue-eyed boy. "We are all in the same boat of inconsolable tears
Bells will be ringing, candles will be glowing, and choirs will be singing. Trinity Lutheran Church is holding its 9th annual Candles & Carols, "Love Came Down at Christmas" celebration this weekend. The event, which continues to grow in popularity, is being held at the church on Sunday, Dec.
Like a drama filled with surprising twists and turns, it appears the story at the Cinema 5 Theater in Detroit Lakes isn't quite done unfolding. After closing its doors Sunday, the city's only theater in the Washington Square Mall is already set to open back up under new ownership. "We signed a lease yesterday (Wednesday)," said Mall Manager Dawn Olson, who says she had been doing some research on reputable theater operators since getting a court order to evict the former tenants on Monday. Odyssey Entertainment, Inc.
The Detroit Lakes School Board voted to approve the certification of the levy of property taxes, following a truth in taxation hearing Monday night. The hearing was part of the board's regular monthly meeting, at which nobody in the audience spoke.
It's no happy ending at Cinema 5 in Detroit Lakes, as the city's only movie theater has closed up. Washington Square Mall management was forced to essentially evict the owners of the cinema after they failed to pay rent since July. With rent set at $5,618 per month for the theater, Evergreen Entertainment, which is part of Theater Consulting and Management Company, packed up and moved out, leaving the local mall with just over $28,000 in unpaid bills. This is according to Becker County District Court, which granted a writ of execution, which directs the sheriff to seize property from a d
The Detroit Lakes School Board voted to approve the certification of the levy of property taxes, following a truth in taxation hearing tonight Monday night. The hearing was part of the board's regular monthly meeting, at which nobody in the audience spoke. But because the district is refinancing and saving tax payers roughly $40,000, the levy is essentially flattened to $3,879,403.15. That's a decrease of $1,354.12 from last year. We'll have a full story in Wednesday's Tribune.