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She's going to Disney World. After about a year of battling for her life and another year and a half of good, hard recovery, Roosevelt fourth-grader Ashtyn Carrier got her wish -- her Make a Wish. "I'm so excited," said a normally talkative Ashtyn, stunned into silence as she unknowingly was brought into the school gym along with her entire fourth grade class at Roosevelt Elementary School. Nobody knew what was up until they saw a lady in a blue Make a Wish t-shirt walk in, followed by Ashtyn's mom, dad, sister and two brothers. "When I saw them come in, I knew," said Ashtyn, who had m
I love you. I desire you. Thank you. You're my friend. We are now united. There are so many messages that roses carry with them as they are handed from one person to another, and once again, the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club is sending a message of its own: We care about this community. They're sending this message as they gear up for the 20th annual Roses for Rotary fundraiser. The event is happening now, as Rotarians sell $20 tickets that are good for one dozen roses, which is less than half the normal price. The fresh tropical flowers, which are being flown in from Ecu
Cheryl Chivers is packing her bags tonight. "I'm leaving at 3 a.m. for a girls' trip to Palm Springs," she said, excitedly. One might think that the woman who helped create Travel Travel in Detroit Lakes 33 years ago would be tired of the word "travel." Not so. "I love the history of different places and learning the different cultures when you travel," said. Chivers has seemed to especially embrace the Caribbean and the country of Belize. But Chivers wasn't always a travel gal.
It's not your grandma's classroom -- gone are the chalky erasers and overhead projectors, now it's apps and charging stations for iPads. Those old, dusty Encyclopedia Britannicas many remember sifting through for research papers are now being accessed from dust-free cyber space, and on Monday morning, Rossman Elementary fifth graders were using new technology to learn about old news -- history. "They have to write a report of a historical person," said Rossman fifth-grade teacher Ryan Zunich, who controls his smartboard (essentially a computerized chalkboard with internet capability) with
Detroit Lakes area Democrats are a little more charged up this week after the grassroots group Obama for America brought its "Gotta Vote" Minnesota RV tour to the area. Detroit Lakes is one of 42 stops along the week-long tour aimed at not only getting out the vote, "but oh, by the way, vote for President Barack Obama," said Kristin Sosanie, the communication director for the tour. Sosanie says several state leaders such as U.S.
Detroit Lakes 10th grader Justine Peters isn't the same person she was last year. "I was always second guessing myself, and I was struggling in school because I didn't have many friends and I just didn't think I was smart enough to do anything," said Peters.
Democratic Senator Al Franken visited the White Earth Indian Reservation Tuesday with his eye fixed directly on education. Franken's first stop was the new Circle of Life Academy, where he congratulated students on a school that he called "heaven-sent." A member of the U.S. Senate on Indian Affairs, Franken told the gym full of students that he was glad to see them in a big, beautiful school after years of having to attend a school that "just wasn't good enough" -- a reference to the old, deteriorated Circle of Life School in White Earth.
Downtown Detroit Lakes is getting a little "flashier." Leighton Broadcasting has been collecting used bras for the past few weeks through drop boxes at several area businesses. It's part of an effort to bring awareness to breast cancer called Bras with a Cause. Come Friday, it's time to show those babies off. "We're having a big reveal," said Leighton Broadcasting General Manager Jeff Leighton, "We're going to string them all up on the front of Norby's." The idea comes from a similar event in Fargo called Bras on Broadway where hundreds of bras are strung up for display. Leighton
Since Dolly Parton's Imagination Library came rolling into Detroit Lakes right around Christmastime last year, many young kids around the area have been getting little surprises just for them in the mailbox -- their very own books. Now, the organization that made the free program possible locally is holding its first fundraiser to keep the Imagination Library going full steam ahead for its growing list of pint-sized participants. The Holy Rosary Mom's Group, which sponsors the program in the Detroit Lakes area, is holding a Fall Fiesta. The event is Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m.
Minnesota roads will be in decline over the next 20 years -- that's the bad news officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation handed out at a public meeting in Detroit Lakes Tuesday. MnDOT is holding stakeholder engagement meetings all across the state to get feedback from different communities on how best to invest its money -- a mandated blitz that is done every four years. But money for roads is getting harder to come by, and MnDOT officials are looking for ideas and feedback on how to invest the dollars that they do have over the next 20 years.