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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
A Detroit Lakes man is experiencing what many anglers only ever dream about -- life as a professional fisherman. "I've always wanted to fish a pro tournament -- it was on my bucket list," said Craig Teal, a Detroit Lakes native who graduated from DLHS in 1996. But Teal got to do more than just check that off his list, and it all started off as a bit of a fluke. Last summer his intentions were to fish a Pro/Am tournament on Leech Lake called the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Event. "FLW is like the fishing version of NASCAR," said Teal.
They've cut the ribbon and it's time to get down to business. Verizon Cellular has now opened in another location in Detroit Lakes, this time in the new Downtown Crossing, next to Miguel's. The cellular store is a bit different from its locations by Walmart and Arvig, in that the new store is a premium retailer that deals solely with Verizon products. "The one out by Walmart is owned by Verizon -- it's a corporate location, a direct link to Verizon," said Store Manager Shawn Ross, "ACS is an authorized retailer and we are a premium retailer...we are specialized in everything Verizon.
It's hard to miss him -- the little Mexican man wearing the red sombrero, taking a siesta up against a cactus, sporting a very full looking stomach. He's the one Detroit Lakes has gotten to know as a signature of the city's only homegrown, quick-serve Mexican restaurant, Miguel's. The little man (who inspires us all to be as full and happy has he is) has moved from the side of the old Miguel's building to the top of the new one. The locally owned business has just re-opened in the new Downtown Crossing development along Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes -- just a hop, skip and a jump away from
Every year, one out of every eight women in the United States is told she has breast cancer. According to statistics provided from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website, 39,510 women in the U.S.
Members of the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce gathered at the Holiday Inn Thursday night for evening of celebration, as the annual banquet was held. "It's a celebration of all of our volunteers, board of directors and all the people that contribute to the business of doing business in the Detroit Lakes region," said Chamber President Carrie Johnston. Roughly 150 of the chamber's 450 members were in attendance for the event, which promoted the theme, "Volunteers are our rock." During the ceremony, LeAnn Mouw, outgoing chairman of the chamber's board of directors, announced ann
55-year-old George Buck of Detroit Lakes smiles and jokes around while serving the bread that goes with lunch that day ...
Gardening is something many get excited about this time of year, and now, thanks to a new community garden in Detroit Lakes, even city folk can join in. They literally broke ground on the project last year for the first time, creating an 8-plot garden in the Industrial Park across from Snappy's in Detroit Lakes. But popularity blossomed and that had organizers almost doubling the garden this year to 15 10 foot by 10 foot plots. "The interest is defiantly there -- people are just excited to grow their own produce," said Marsha Parker, a member of the Master Gardeners of Becker County, a r
Walking into the Becker County Maximum-Security Jail, an everyday citizen might first view the scene in black and white (with splashes of orange from the inmates' jumpsuits). There are the good guys with the badges and guns and the bad guys in their cells. But with a closer look, the scene can quickly come to life with color as stories are told and inmates become more than their orange jumpsuit, but people with families; people with dreams. And although some may be undeserving of them by society's standards, others just may turn their time in the "clink" into the brink of new beginnings.