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Detroit Lakes schools have been stamped with the label "Needs Improvement" since 2009. Not anymore. "That status is gone effective immediately," said Superintendent Doug Froke, as he spoke at Monday night's school board meeting. President Obama granted Minnesota and nine other states a reprieve from the federal education law, No Child Left Behind, whose sweeping reforms penalizes schools for not making adequate yearly progress, among other stipulations. Since its inception 10 years ago when it received overwhelming bipartisan support, NCLB has come under fire for encouraging schools to
Brenda Wieland had no idea why people were standing outside the door of her DLCCC office Monday, but when Chamber of Commerce President Carrie Johnston walked in with a bouquet of flowers, she knew. Wieland was honored with the Chamber's Super Service Award, which is handed out quarterly to Chamber members who go above and beyond for their customers. An unknown person in the community nominated her. "Brenda always gives excellent customer service - whether it's a membership, giving a tour, dealing with co-workers or her daily job duties -- she is thorough, kind, generous and caring," Joh
The Boy Scout motto is "Always be prepared," and true to their word, some Detroit Lakes boy scouts were just that last weekend. During the scouts' annual winter camp up at Camp Wilderness (near of Park Rapids) a few boys got a cold, hard lesson on winter survival. The boys were attempting to earn an award called the Below Zero Hero award, which requires the boys to sleep outside all night in below zero conditions. Typically, the scouts would build snow shelters, or quinzees, in order to block the wind and insulate their limited body heat. Lack of snow, however, killed those plans. Bu
Esther Ames knows how tough it can be to make ends meet. A single mother of three, she was living in Naytahwaush pinching pennies just to pay the heating bill in an old, leaky house. But that all changed with one phone call. "It was 4:30 in the afternoon; I was just on my way home from work," said Ames, "and they told me I had been picked." What Ames had been picked for was the opportunity to move her family into a brand new home. The White Earth Indian Reservation is combating poverty and homelessness with a new, unique homeownership program. Thirty new homes are being built as pa
They may be old, but they've still got spark. The 9th annual DL Vintage Rally and Swap Meet is right around the corner, and that has classic snowmobile lovers all revved up. "What's great about this is, since it's located on Detroit Lake, the lack of snow doesn't matter, we can still ride," said Wayne Schlauderaff, co-chair of the vintage rally and one of Ultra's board members. The event, set for Saturday, Feb. 18, begins at 8 a.m.
Playing King of the Hill is considerably less dangerous this year, as snow piles are rarely over a couple of feet high. That's the upside. The downside is that grown up play has also been hampered, and that spells trouble for area businesses that rely on winter recreation such as snowmobiling. "We're down a good 25 percent in revenue this winter," said Rayna Tucker, who owns the Ice Cracking Lodge with her husband Steve. On snowier winters, the Ice Cracking is packed with hundreds of snowmobilers on any given Saturday. This year, crickets. "A lot of the businesses around here are h
They already have their man for president (Barack Obama). They already have their woman for senate (Amy Klobuchar). But roughly 80 Democrats in Becker County still showed up to the caucus Tuesday night at M State to do three things: submit resolutions for platform consideration, vote for delegates for the county convention and rally the DFL troops. Kicking off the evening's event was State Rep.
Detroit Lakes native Brett Stall always had a feeling he'd be a professional bull rider one day. "I don't know, it's just something I've always loved since I was a little kid," said Stall, "I just knew I'd be a world champion bull rider." Those dreams are now coming true for the 2008 Detroit Lakes graduate, as he just won the Black Hills Xtreme Bulls Tour in Rapid City last weekend, which now ranks him No. 2 in the world. The 22-year-old, who went professional in 2009, won both the long round with 90.5 points and the Wrangler Champion round at 89 points. "It was crazy," said Stall.
There can oftentimes be a dreary stigma attached to nursing homes. "Our society as a whole thinks that nursing homes are just a place where people go to die," said Emmanuel Community Chaplain and Spiritual Care Coordinator Vicki Marthaler.