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As Detroit Lakes high school students had a moment of silence Monday morning for the lives lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings Friday, a grim reminder of the chilliest possibilities was cast upon not just the students, but the faculty charged with keeping them safe. "It's your worst nightmare as an administrator and as a parent," said Detroit Lakes Superintendent Doug Froke, "It's so devastating you can't even frame it up into words." But Froke and other school leaders will try, as he says school security will be on the agenda for future meetings within the school district.
Nobody should be alone on Christmas -- that is the whole idea behind Christmas at Our House, a Christmas feast put on by volunteers at Detroit Lakes First Lutheran Church. The event, which has become a yearly tradition at the church, is set for Christmas day from noon until 2 p.m. Christmas at Our House, which is all-volunteer staffed, is free and open to the public.
It's a collaborative game of back and forth, as the Detroit Lakes School Board takes the ball in its court while constructing a multi-project facilities plan that includes a new 1,000-seat K-3 elementary school. Two weeks ago the plan was in the hands of a community steering committee charged with brainstorming ideas and projects. Those additional projects caused the entire plan to shoot up to roughly $61 million - $18 million more than the architect's original estimate.
It's full steam ahead for the Holiday Train as it will soon be coming around the corner, bringing good cheer and help for those in need. Canadian Pacific has once again scheduled a stop in Detroit Lakes on Friday, Dec. 14, at 3:15 p.m. for the traditional Holiday Train, which lights up the sky with it bright holiday lights and live music. "Each time they come, they give us a check from Canadian Pacific -- usually for $1,000," said Jack Berenz, director of the Becker County Food Pantry.
When a mother raises her three daughters to each believe she is their best friend, most would agree, she's certainly done something right. Such is the case for Detroit Lakes woman Mary McDougall. "But she's not just my best friend -- she's the person I look up to," said Jessica Splonskowski, who is the middle sister, in between younger sister Ashley McDougall and older sister Kelly Westrum. Not only did the three sisters grow up close to each other and their mother, Mary, but also the man in their lives -- their father, Bob McDougall. "I'm a little out-numbered," he laughed, "but I sup
People needing kidney dialysis on the White Earth Reservation will soon have help in their own backyard. A new dialysis unit is set to be built as part of an addition planned for the health building just outside of the town of White Earth. Health experts on the reservation say this is a much-needed project, as patients there have always had to travel to Detroit Lakes, Bemidji or Fargo to receive dialysis. "And that's such a big commitment because each treatment takes between six to eight hours and sometimes has to be done every other day," said Pat Butler, who is health director for the
If there is any time when indulging in some of the sweetest, creamiest, crunchiest, mouth-watering delectables is acceptable, it's now. It's the holidays. And members of Holy Rosary are right there to help with that as they prepare to bake up a plethora of goodies for their 22nd annual Cookie Walk. The popular event is set for Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in the Holy Rosary Center. "When we open the doors, we usually have about 75 people lined up," said event coordinator Linda Schon.
More people on the White Earth Indian Reservation and beyond are now waking up to a Cup of Joe -- that is the name of the morning show, which is once again broadcasting from Niijii Radio. The Callaway station, located at 89.9 on the FM dial with the call letters KKWE, was shut down for several months after it was struck first by Mother Nature (a lightning strike), then by thieves who reportedly got away with expensive studio equipment. All summer and into the fall the station sat completely disassembled -- from its studio to its volunteer base to its management. But Niijii, an Ojibwe wor
They call it the "domestic peace corps," and it's now inside the Detroit Lakes School District. It's the first year the Reading and Math Corps have been infused into the schools, which has new tutors placed into both Roosevelt and Rossman. The new tutors are hired through the district, but at no cost to it as the federally funded program grants certain schools the extra positions. So far, four new tutors are busy working with approximately 50 students between the two elementary schools -- 25 for math, 25 for reading. "What makes this program so unique is that it isn't for the most stru
It's almost time to break out your swankiest attire for everybody's favorite furry friends. The annual Tuxes and Tails fundraiser is coming up Dec.