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When many think of a "gifted and talented" program, they think of the overachieving, brilliant little students who've been doing long division since kindergarten. It can seem exclusive and unavailable to the regular kid. In Detroit Lakes, however, the Gifted and Talented programs are exploding in popularity, and the result is a big crop of very enriched children of all learning levels. "We never, ever turn a student away," said Jennifer Smith, who heads up Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) at Rossman Elementary and the high school, along with her Roosevelt Elementary and middle school
The Minnesota Legislature has just sweetened the pot for high school students capable of graduating early. Starting in this year, high schoolers that push themselves, taking an accelerated path to graduation, will receive money for doing so. "How it worked before was when a student had enough credits to graduate early, the district continued to get aid on that student as if they were still there," said Detroit Lakes Superintendent Doug Froke, "Now, the state will withhold the money from the school district and instead give it to the graduated student to use at any higher education institut
We have a bunch of cry-babies in Becker County this year -- literally. Essentia Health St. Mary's has set a record for the largest number of births in one year for that hospital. Obstetrician Gynecologist Dr. Jim Christensen says from July of last year to the end of June this year, there were 568 new little bundles of joy delivered at St.
Residents of the Cormorant Village are pulling together to bring back an old tradition. For the first time in roughly 20 years (the time-frame is debatable amongst residents), the community is putting together Cormorant Daze for Saturday, Aug. 20. Tammy Odegaard and Tricia Maloney are co-chairs of the event after coming up with the idea last winter. "And everybody just ran with it," Odegaard said.
When five Norwegians came from Sparbu, Norway to the United States as part of a community choir trip, there was one place they all wanted to hit up. "Everybody wants to see what WE Fest is like," said Heidi Grosch, a Minnesota native who is now married to one of those Norwegians. With a relative living in Detroit Lakes, the plan worked out well. The crew descended upon the SooPass Ranch on Friday evening, not knowing what to expect. A tad bit of debate, some tight maneuvers and 15 minutes later, they found a parking spot. "You really have to work hard to be able to park here," said N
She's known around town as "The Glass Lady," with her striking glass art being showcased in places like the Holmes Theater, the Oak Crossing Chapel and the Fargo Public Library. Now Becky Mitchell is taking her talents to the next level. Mitchell has just opened her own studio in Lake Park at 403 Lake Avenue. "This is going to give me space to do some big projects," said Mitchell, who also teaches some glass art classes through the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center. An art grant provided by the state also allows her to go into 11 area schools to teach her glass art to young,
Roosevelt Elementary students have a new principal, and although Renee Kerzman has never taught in Detroit Lakes, she is no stranger around town either. Kerzman, her husband, John, and their three children have been living in Detroit Lakes since 2000. And while the three children have been in Detroit Lakes schools since then, (Carly, Jake and Tate are going into fourth, sixth and 10th grades, respectively, this year) Kerzman is just now making the transition from Laker fan to Laker leader. She officially accepted Roosevelt's principal position (left vacant by Jerry Hanson) at Monday morn
Why do treaties matter? A new traveling exhibition being unveiled in White Earth is not only explaining the answer to that question, but also showing the answer. Twenty large, freestanding banners now line the halls of the White Earth Tribal Headquarters Building, each displaying portraits and stories of historical treaties and where they stand today. The display, which will eventually travel all over Minnesota, is open to the public, and is intended to serve as an educational tool. The Minnesota Humanities Center, the Smithsonian and the Indian Affairs Council collaborated on the proj
Ben Walther is a hard-core WE Fester -- going up and down the campgrounds at 4 a.m. He is looking for trouble, and he'll be the first to tell you that. That's because he is part of the Chaplains Program -- a volunteer organization that is growing at WE Fest. Walther says he knows some people think ministers and church leaders don't belong in a WeFest campground at 4 a.m. He thinks that's exactly where he should be. "I see all these young girls who get separated from their groups," Walther says, tooling around on a go-cart. "They're lost and there they are...
David and Michelle Bellefeuille were friends and co-workers growing up in the Detroit Lakes-Frazee area. She was 15, he was 16. "We both worked at the old Evan's Grocery Store in DL," said David Bellefeuille, as his wife added, "Yeah, I was a cashier and he was a bag boy," she laughed with an expression that suggested it was a million years ago. It was actually more like 23 years ago. But after he graduated from high school, David's buddy suggested they join the Navy. "So I did," he said, simple as that. But during his first Christmas leave home, his friendship with Michelle took a