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It's an unprecedented sight in Audubon - at least as far as local farmers remember. Niblets of "gold" are piled up higher than the tops of the trucks that hauled the corn in. "It's the first time we've ever had to pile it on the ground ... we just don't have room for it all," said Audubon Grain Elevator Manager Chuck Morrison, who's been in the business for 50 years. "I did pile some wheat back in the 60's, but never corn," he said, smiling almost as broadly as the farmers lined up to dump their abundant bushels.
Detroit Lakes students and their teachers hit the road today -- or more accurately, the sidewalk. As part of International Walk to School Day, hundreds from the city's public schools all took off at 8:30 this morning simultaneously to walk roughly one mile -- part of which was on the newly constructed sidewalks outside of Roosevelt and Rossman elementaries and the Middle School. A big, red ribbon was sliced across those brand new sidewalks -- one next to Central Street just before Roosevelt and Middle School students took off, and one on Fourth Street and Rossman at 9 a.m.
The Roosevelt PTO is busy harvesting funds this weekend as they raise money for an upgraded school playground. The very first Harvest Hoopla gets underway this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For many, building a home is a dream come true. At Dynamic Homes in Detroit Lakes, they're delivering dreams all year long. The modular home-building business, located along Roosevelt Avenue, has been around since 1969. Throughout the years, the lakes region has become dotted with Dynamic-built houses, as new homeowners are escorted through the process that begins with their ideas and ends with their reality. So, how does it work?
There are four candidates and only three openings for the Detroit Lakes School Board election coming up in November. Open seats for the four-year terms include those now held by Ladd Lyngaas, Tom Seaworth and Tom Klyve. Lyngaas and Seaworth are running again for their seats, while two new candidates are also throwing their names in.
Saddle up, partners -- the very first Waggin' Trail Ride is just around the corner. The event, sponsored by the Midwest Minnesota Harness Club, is being held Oct.
Driving by a picturesque farm just south of Audubon, it's easy to miss the brilliantly colored leaves, the entertaining farm animals and the gigantic red barn. That's because a large wooden structure slowly being erected by the road has proven to be a bit of a mystery for those who do not know the intentions of homeowner and local veterinarian, Dennis Lange. "They'd drive by and say, 'Is that some kind of sheep barn? Or what is that? A corn crib? A deer stand?'" laughed Lange. But as more scrap wood from a deck and a torn-down old chicken house was assembled, the image came clearer.
The radio station that has been called "The Voice" of the White Earth Indian Reservation has fallen silent. Niijii Radio, which just took to the airwaves in November, based in the old Callaway School, was struck first by Mother Nature, then again by burglars. The station, known for its hodge-podge of music and Native American educational programming, was first put out of commission this past summer when lightening and power surges blew the transmitter, which broadcasts the station out over a 60 mile radius.
Lake Park-Audubon will soon be packed full of smiling faces -- not just people, but pumpkins. The 2012 Pumpkin Fest and All School Reunion is just around the corner, as community leaders prepare for the celebrations, beginning Friday, Sept. 28, and running through Sept.
They say when a soldier goes off to war, it isn't the same person that returns. They see things they can't forget; they take on feelings they can't shake. Post-traumatic stress disorder has done its fair share of claiming the lives of U.S. soldiers, airmen and marines even after they return from battle, as self-destruction becomes a common path for some of them. This was the case for Thief River Falls native, Craig Lia who went into Iraq married, strong and happy, but left it not wanting to live.