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The popcorn is popping; the soda is flowing, and Cinema 5 in Detroit Lakes is back in full swing after a December cliffhanger. The city's only movie theater closed briefly last month after the previous owners were evicted for failing to pay rent since July. But new owners, Cinemagic, took over and had it re-opened in only a week -- just in time for the holiday rush. Since then, the scene has changed at Cinema 5. "We're happy," said Mara Avila, who was re-hired as the manager of the theater, "I didn't always have somebody backing me with the previous ownership, and now I do.
It's hard to find very many people in the Detroit Lakes area who don't have some sort of connection to Emmanuel Community, whether it be a loved one who lives there or a loved one who works there. That could be why the Emmanuel Foundation Charity Benefit (whose parent company is Ecumen) continues to be so warmly supported year after year -- attendees know it's for the grandmas and grandpas who mean the world. "It's for a good cause, to help take care of our aging population and give them what they deserve and help them to stay healthy and well," said Sandy Lia, who is planning the fundrais
It's likely that if Detroit Lakes graduate Jay Quam were to attend an all- school reunion, he'd impress a few people. "I am now a district court judge in Hennepin County," said Quam, who is a 1980 Laker alum. He'd maybe even be sitting at the very head of the cool kids table, if it weren't for Paul Benshoof, Peter Irvine, Erik Askegaard and Joe Evans -- the other four Detroit Lakes graduates who could easily steal at least some of his judicial thunder. All five are not only making names for themselves, but also putting Detroit Lakes on the map for being a bit of a legal powerhouse. "I
When Kevin Olson started up Big Rok Angus with his family about five miles northwest of Detroit Lakes, he knew there'd be some risk involved. "In this industry, diseases are always a concern," said Olson, "You're always one day away from something happening that could interfere with your ability to raise cattle." So when a cattle rancher from up in northwestern Minnesota found out one of his animals had bovine tuberculosis, it sent shock waves throughout the state. Word of the disease spread like wildfire, and the Minnesota market was quickly closed. Fifty-eight herds were destroyed, a
One down, five to go. The Detroit Lakes School Board approved a new contract agreement Monday night with one of the six employee groups whose contracts are up for negotiation. The Detroit Lakes Principal's Association settled on the district's offer of a two-year, 3.3 percent increase, which Superintendent Doug Froke says is "largely based on a stipend mode of compensation, as apposed to increasing the salary schedule." School Board Chairman Dr.
All teachers have seen it -- that spacey look in their students' eyes that says, "nothing is sinking in here." More and more educators are combating that look by literally stepping up efforts to get their students physically active. "There is a lot of research that shows the huge benefits exercise has on learning," said Roosevelt third grade teacher Rhonda Fode, who admits she likes to dance around the classroom. "And my goal is to get my kids not to think they're too cool to do it, too," laughed Fode. As fun as little dance breaks sound, (and yes, Fode says it is for her), it isn't as
The stage is set and the wheels are in motion for the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center's largest fundraiser of the year. The 7th annual fundraiser, called "Motion," is set for Saturday, Jan. 21, in the ballroom. With a "Rockin' Moroccan" theme, DLCCC Development Director Terry Haus expects the event to be breathtaking. "I think what sets this fundraiser apart is the decorations," said Haus.
A 90-year-old trumpeter swan sits looking intently forward with its wings pushed back as if it's ready to take flight.
A rural Detroit Lakes woman is hugging her dog a little closer today after an early morning fire Tuesday. Phyllis Leitheiser says she was laying in bed just before 7 a.m.
A 2012 block of ice sits sparkling with icy perfection, it's tiny little cuts catching the light outside of the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes. It's almost unbelievable to know that just the night before, it was nothing but eight blocks of ice. Artists Chad Peterson and Eric Rotter took those meaningless ice blocks and slowly, cut by cut, chip by chip, transformed them into a work of art last weekend. The duo are ice sculpturers who were neighborhood buddies growing up in the Twin Cities. Both dabbled in art after high school -- Peterson in painting and Rotter in ceramics. But they so