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When Detroit Lakes graduate Monte Becker was in high school, he loved shop class. "In fact, I used to skip some of my other classes just to go there," he laughed. Becker thought working with wood would just be a fun hobby for him. "But it's turned out to be much more than that," he said from the new location for his business, Silver Leaf Luxury Cabinets. Becker, who learned much of his trade from another local cabinet maker, started the business in his rural Frazee garage in 2000, naming it after Silver Leaf township where he lived. "I just really got into it and knew I wanted to do
Authorities are looking for a man who allegedly brandished a gun at the Detroit Lakes Walmart hair salon, Smart Style. Tamera Davidson was cutting a client's hair when she says a young man came in and started chatting with her. "He seemed like a nice kid at first, and he said he needed a hair cut," said Davidson.
The lights are blinking and flashing; the air smells like deep-fried heaven, and local children have crazy looks in their eyes. The county fair is in full swing, and I decided to make it one of my "fun things" for the summer. Thursday afternoon seemed to be the perfect time for me, as the big promo that day was "bring in three food pantry items, get three bracelets for $30" -- a good bargain because typically it doesn't take long for each one of my kids to blow through $30 worth of tickets individually.
Getting college credits while still in high school is all the rage these days, but it's proving to be a bit of a "good problem" for some school districts, including Detroit Lakes. An uptick in "College Now" courses -- classes offered through the combined efforts of the DL High School and Southwest State out of Marshall, has school leaders proposing the idea of implementing a fee to those enrolled students. Right now the school district is footing most of the bill for the "concurrent enrollment" classes, which fulfill both high school and many college requirements, with the state kicking in
There are 328 more helping hands around Becker County this week, as volunteers through Catholic Heart Work Camp are in the area helping those who need it most. Sue Livermore of Detroit Lakes has been taking these types of missions trips with students from Holy Rosary for a few years now, last year going to Montana. "But then I thought, why not have one in Detroit Lakes?" said Livermore, who helped organize the weeklong event. Although some may picture missions trips taking place in areas of deep poverty or extreme need, Livermore says working with Mahube, they were able to track down sev
The Detroit Lakes QWERTY robotics team will be out at the Becker County Fair this week, giving fair-goers an up-close look at their competition robots. The team will not only be manning a booth inside the hockey arena Wednesday through Saturday, but will also be setting up a dunk tank from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The public is invited to drive the team robot, called "The Tank." "People can drive and have the robot shoot basketballs and trigger the dunk tank to dunk whoever is in it," explained the team's advisor, Debbie Janzen.
"I love to shop," giggled Tracy Roach, "It's kind of a bad habit of mine." Roach and her husband, Chris, are turning Tracy's naughty little love of quaint, up-town retail into a local business of their own -- called Unique Boutique. The new shop recently opened up at 515 Washington Avenue, next to Detroit Lakes Newspapers. "It's probably different than anything that's in DL right now," said Roach, a self-proclaimed city girl who moved to the area from Hastings, Minn. "And after doing some shopping around town, we just thought the community could really benefit from some more variety an
Sometimes a tractor is more than just a tractor. Sometimes it can be the very thing that "pulls" a family together in every sense of the word. Such is the case with the Don Anderson family. Many in the Detroit Lakes area know Don Anderson as the guy with the fire-shooting tractor. He was always in local events, including the Becker County Fair -- his kids proudly hanging off the tractor. A gear head with a love for tractors, Johnson built "The Blue Ox" from scratch back in 1980 ... his father, Ray J., gave it the name after Paul Bunyan's powerhouse pet.
During a time when invasive species news has been less than encouraging, finally a bright spot. Officials working on eradicating flowering rush around area lakes say they just may finally have the weapon they need ....
The dreams of three women have come to fruition and combined to create a new business in Detroit Lakes called Shear Grace Salon & Boutique. Shawna Willson Shawna Willson had always wanted to go to school for hair design, but a family tragedy when she was only a senior in high school stopped her from doing so. Instead, she went down another road that led her to Detroit Lakes. For the next 12 years she worked other jobs, such as doing billing for a Detroit Lakes dentist. It might have been fine, except she still had that dream. "I just kept working until I was able to go back to sc