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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.
It's seems to be one of the area's hot spots these days -- a place where word of mouth is working wonders with the word of God. It's church, and for some reason, more and more local children are skipping their normal after-school routine and opting for late afternoon fellowship. Several churches in the Detroit Lakes area are reporting big jumps in attendance numbers for their Wednesday after-school programs. Grace Lutheran (right across from Roosevelt Elementary and the Middle School) have seen their "Friends, Fun and Faith" program double over the past year or two. "We'll have somebod
Holiday decorations sit on brown grass looking slightly less spirited; snowmobiles sit idle and lonely in dry sheds; and children's snow pants hang dry, unused and un-introduced to this year's unborn snowmen. The area's "no-snow" event has some singing hallelujah and others praying to the snow gods. The brown ground is pushing some budgets into the black, like the City of Detroit Lakes' Public Works Department. "Last year I was $10,000 in the hole by this time," said Public Works Director Brad Green, "but because we haven't had to be out there plowing snow this year, I'm now sitting $10,
Some local children will be spending the holidays without one of their parents this year, as the war on terror has a group of area soldiers deployed overseas. That's why Anytime Fitness is teaming up with the Detroit Lakes Armory to help bring a little extra joy to the children of deployed military members. "What we're doing is collecting money to buy toys for these kids," said Anytime Fitness Owner Tim Teragawa, who says this is the second year the toy drive has happened in Detroit Lakes. Last year the fitness club was able to raise just a hair under $1,200 for the event, which they the
Local charitable organizations are in full swing these days, as groups across the Detroit Lakes area scramble to make the holidays brighter for those in need. Jaycees: Gifts for kids The Jaycees are now zigzagging across town picking up toys from the drop boxes they've had placed at area businesses. Their annual Gifts for Kids program is a long-standing tradition for the organization, as the Detroit Lakes chapter collects anywhere from 300 to 500 new toys for area children. Collection boxes have been sitting at the Washington Square Mall, Central Market, JC Penney, the DLCCC and Curv
Wally Rodewald sits at his kitchen table, sifting through a big pile of homemade thank-you notes and pictures that local kids have drawn him. "When they send all this stuff, isn't it worth doing something?" Rodewald said, smiling proudly. The 76-year-old Detroit Lakes man gets this sort of fan mail a lot, as he is the guy who has, for years, been providing warm Christmas memories to area children. He's the guy you see every weekend in December (except the last) giving free trolley rides at the Washington Square Mall from noon to 3 p.m.
"Before I started this whole thing, I just prayed and asked God to help me do something that was going to make a difference -- something that was going to matter long term," said Detroit Lakes mother Debbie Janzen. Today, Janzen is seeing that prayer come to fruition after launching the Detroit Lakes High School Robotics Team -- a team that surprised everybody with a state win in its second year of existence last season. That was last year. This year, it's a whole new ball game. "We've more than doubled in size," said Janzen, smiling. The team went from around 11 members last year to
Detroit Lakes Kiwanis member Denise Fredrickson remembers a time when Christmas wasn't exactly jolly for her. "I was a single mom with three kids and there were times when I couldn't even afford milk," said Fredrickson, who added that all she wanted to do was give her children a good Christmas. Today, Fredrickson has turned those struggles into strength, as she is now part of the driving force behind the Holiday Wish Program, which is designed to give a little holiday lift to people who've recently hit hard times. The program has been a labor of love between the Kiwanis Club and KRCQ for
If you listen carefully, you just might hear the distant sound of small motors starting up in the Detroit Lakes area. Those are the many hand mixers and Kitchen Aids that are being started up in preparation of the 21st annual Holy Rosary Cookie Walk. This year's event is happening Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8 to 11 a.m.