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Sometimes in business it isn't 'what' you know, it's 'who' you know. That's why the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce makes its Sunrise and Sunset Socials a big priority. They used to be known as 'after hours' events, where chamber members would get together at a restaurant to have a drink and chat with other chamber members. They were also primarily social get-togethers. Since the Chamber re-started its program a year and a half ago, they've transformed the events to be geared more towards real networking -- held at different businesses each month. Chamber President Carrie
The Minnesota DNR was out at Rose Lake between Frazee and Vergas this morning (Thursday) treating a small section of the lake for zebra mussels after somebody brought an infested boat lift into the lake. Now, they're hoping a quick response and plenty of copper sulfate will kill the invasive species that have been spotted in that immediate area. This has homeowners around Rose Lake and other local residents crossing their fingers that the treatments will be effective.
When the bell rang at the Detroit Lakes High School Monday morning, Karen Odens and Erika Haglund made their way into the classroom like they had done many times before. They pair weren't high school students though, at least anymore. "I graduated from here in 1997," Odens said. "I graduated from here in 2006," stated Haglund. Odens is now a pharmacist in Park Rapids -- Haglund is her intern in her last year of pharmacy school. They were part of a new Community Mentorship program in Detroit Lakes, which pairs up area professionals with high school students that might be interested in
Who says the library is a dinosaur? The Detroit Lakes Library, part of the Lake Agassiz Regional Library, has recently expanded its e-book collection by becoming compatible with the Kindle. "We are super excited about having this," said Detroit Lakes Library Public Service Supervisor Deb Wahl, "This is going to open up so many more options for our customers." The Detroit Lakes Library, along with other branches of the LARL system, has had access to the Nook and other downloadable e-books for several months. Amazon, however, is the best-selling e-book reader in the U.S., and having digi
There's a new business in town that's hoping to take the pain of financial paperwork and bureaucracy away from local businesses and make it their own. PAYmasters incorporated opened up in the Graystone building in downtown Detroit Lakes last spring. Since then, they've been building a client base around the area of employers with small to medium-sized businesses -- employers who want to drop the burden of payroll and human resources issues to focus on their day-to-day operations. PAYmasters President Jim Piche says they'll essentially take on all the things that bog down a business owner
The Scenic Byway is bursting with brilliant fall foliage right now, putting on quite a show for the upcoming eighth annual Fall Color Tour -- set to roll out Thursday, Oct.
Pieces of American Indian history are coming to the Becker County Museum to show why they still matter.
They're stoking the fire and putting the drinks on ice for the fifth annual Fire and Ice Experience. The fundraiser is put together by St. Mary's Foundation as a way to raise money for local health-related causes. "This year we are hoping to be able to purchase 50 Lifeline units," said Monique Anderson, development assistant for St.
The Detroit Lakes School Board voted unanimously Monday morning to propose a tax levy increase of one percent -- the maximum levy it is allowed to ask for. The preliminary levy is an increase from last year of roughly $38,000 -- an amount that would be spread out amongst the 16,612 residents in the Detroit Lakes district according to property values. Although an increase like this would typically have minimal affects on tax bills, legislative changes are turning it into a double-whammy for homeowners. That's because in last summer's special session, Minnesota Legislators cut the Homestea
U.S. Post office employees rallying outside of U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson's office Tuesday afternoon were hoping their voices were heard all the way from Detroit Lakes to Washington D.C. "I'm here to save my job," said Detroit Lakes Auxiliary Carrier Peggy Moltzan. Moltzan was one of the approximately 30 postal workers who dotted the corners of downtown Detroit Lakes holding signs and handing out flyers during one of several rallies being held to drum up support for House Bill 1351 - legislation postal workers say would put them back into good financial standing. Although the U.S.