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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.
Although they dream of it, it isn't often that little girls truly get to be the belle of the ball -- a princess who is the apple of her daddy's eye. That's why the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center is once again gearing up for its sixth annual Daddy's Little Sweetheart Dance, set for Friday, Feb.
Long gone are the sounds of New Years horns and the little inner voice that says "This year, I'm whipping myself into shape." That's why folks at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center choose now to lend those little, lost voices a big blow horn, as they prepare for the 23rd annual Community Fitness Challenge, now known as Resolution Restart. "After New Years, you get that first month where you're really into it and want to get in shape, but then it gets busy and you start to slow down," said DLCCC Program Coordinator Matt Kensinger.
Having trouble falling asleep at night? Forget counting sheep; it might be more productive to count the number of known sleep disorders. "There are 84 of them," says Susan Gunwall, director of operations at Whitney Sleep Diagnostics and Consultants and Whitney Sleep Therapeutics. Known to most around Detroit Lakes as "The Sleep Center," Whitney's has been helping people from all around the region wake up simply by helping them fall asleep. "We complete sleep studies for individuals who have identified issues sleeping, are tired during the day, maybe they snore and it's disruptive to f