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Since the little town of Callaway was incorporated in 1907, it has always had gravel roads. Sure, a few paved county roads cut through, not to mention the busy Highway 59, but for residents in and around the sleepy little town, it's either been a battle with mud when it rains or dust when it doesn't. But times, they are a changing. After over a century, those old dirt roads are meeting the paver. "Crews began paving the roads Monday and should be finishing up on Friday," said City Clerk-Treasurer Shelly Dillon, who grew up in Callaway, population 234. She says residents are thrilled
A boating group in Minnesota is bringing back a tradition that runs as deep as the lakes that surround us. The Twin Cities Powerboat Association is hosting the sixth annual Quake the Lake Powerboat Races, set for the weekend of June 16 and 17. The event, which was quite popular in the 1930s, '40s and '50s, continues to regain popularity in lake cities such as Detroit Lakes. Like last year, the races will be held at the Holiday Inn on Big Detroit Lake and will be free and open to the public. "We will have six classes of boats from mini GT's to ones that will go 125 miles per hour," said
It was the boom heard around Detroit Lakes Thursday morning -- along with a heavy downpour of rain came a crack of thunder that literally shook buildings and residents around the city. So imagine being only feet away from the source of that energy. Lorene Erickson was. She was in her house on 326 Langford Street -- a house she just bought last month -- right across from the high school, when she saw a bright flash outside her window. "And then it was like an explosion," she said "if you could think of the loudest bang you can get from a big firecracker and amplify it by like 10 -- it w
A group of Waubun students are celebrating some high honors after winning an online competition for a video they produced tackling the problem of bullying. Zoe Allan and Deondra Jackson were just finishing up their sixth grade year when they decided to enter the Native Chat Film Festival on April 27 at the Shooting Star Casino. The festival, which encourages native youth to use video technology to share their perspectives on social issues, brought in 27 videos. One of those showed what bullying looked like in the eyes of young Zoe, Deondra and their two friends, Janaisia Walton and Bobbi
On April 20, 1972, the Becker County Record published a short article and some pictures about a new electric supply company in town. Then-Mayor Kent Freeman was shown signing the guest book at the grand opening of the little company called "Arrow Electrical Supply." "It doesn't seem like 40 years ago," said Ron Saunders, who along with a handful of other investors, started the company. "I knew there wasn't anything like it in Detroit Lakes," said Saunders, who was a graduate student of engineering from the University of Minnesota. Saunders says he specifically scoped out Detroit Lakes
A sweeping vote by the Detroit Lakes school board Tuesday night launched the district into a new realm in education. With what seemed to be cautious enthusiasm, the board approved the purchase of 244 iPads, which will go to every single 5th grader in the Detroit Lakes Public School Districts, as well as every 5th and 6th grade teacher. Two additional carts holding roughly 30 iPads each will also be purchased for Roosevelt Elementary and the High School, which will be shared amongst classrooms.
Frazee man Terry Green seems to be on track for making the recovery of his life after a car accident left him in critical condition. According to Green's brother, Todd Green, friends and family are breathing a sigh of relief after Green's prognosis has taken a positive twist. "Just last week we didn't know if he was going to survive, but now we've moved from survival to recovery," said Todd.
They're at it again -- the women of Holy Rosary are whipping up about 75 of their most sought-after salads. For two decades, the annual salad luncheon has brought in upwards of 500 people to take in the event that ends up turning simple salads into a festival of sorts. "We have a raspberry rice salad that always goes fast, taco salads, fruit and veggie pizzas, sweet salads, potato salads, pasta salads -- just about every kind of salad you can think of," said Linda Schons, who is chairing the event for the Catholic Daughters. The luncheon will be set up buffet style, giving patrons an "al
Where there's smoke, there's often fire, and when there's fire in Detroit Lakes, 29 pagers across the city go off. "It doesn't matter where you are -- a birthday party, church, Thanksgiving dinner -- the fire won't stop just because you're in the middle of something," said Todd George, deputy chief of the Detroit Lakes Volunteer Fire Department. It isn't always a convenient life they've chosen, but it's one they step up to seven days a week, 24-hours a day. Now, the crew is looking for two new volunteers to join their tight-knit group as they are currently taking applications for testing
Those suffering from depression or problems that seem overwhelming now have a phone-a-friend. A mental health hotline set up by Becker County and White Earth professionals is helping those in emotional peril, one crisis at a time. "It's available 24-hours, seven days a week," said Amber Nelson, who not only works with Becker County Human Services, but is also the county's coordinator for the hotline. Originally started in 2009 for children, the hotline has since been expanded to include adults needing emotional help as well. The hotline is manned by professionals trained through the La