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John Madsen knows all too well the nasty effects invasive species can have on lakes -- it's what the Mississippi State University researcher does for a living. That's why the Pelican River Watershed District contracted his services, along with a researcher from Concordia College in Moorhead and a representative from the Army Corps of Engineers. The crew was in town last week to find out more about aquatic invasive species in the lakes region. A big part of their study, which began last summer, is happening on Detroit Lake, where flowering rush is growing like wildfire. Madsen, who is w
Nobody ever says that just because you build your dreams with your own two hands, it will flourish. Nobody predicts with certainty that if you put your blood, sweat and tears into your work, it will literally pay off. And nobody can promise that making the world a better, more fun place to be will make you more money.
School board members are entertaining the idea of encouraging a "cultural shift" in local health habits. Karen Nitzkorski and Julie Skow of PartnerSHIP for health presented a first reading on revisions for the district's wellness-nutrition policy. Suggested changes to the "action plan" include having recess before lunch instead of after, doing more marketing and health promotion through the food service program and prohibiting food as rewards or at school celebrations. "We have experience with some schools around the region that have gone to no-food celebrations, and they've done more ph
They say you don't know what you've got until it's gone, and some area lakes organizations are afraid local residents could soon be singing that old tune, as aquatic invasive species continue their rapid spread into local waters. "These lakes are our livelihood that keep us financially alive because of summertime business," said Vice President of the Becker County Coalition of Lakes Associations Terry Kalil.
Autism and its puzzling explosion has been baffling the best and the brightest doctors for years. Luckily, they've got the young and ambitious on their side. Rob Cox, 27, is rallying locals for the city's first ever "Detroit Lakes Walk Now for Autism." The special ed teacher worked with autistic children in a West Des Moines elementary school, but when he moved to Detroit Lakes to do the same thing at Rossman Elementary two years ago, he was a little surprised. "I had 24 kids on my caseload, but the public awareness wasn't where I thought it'd be," said Cox. So, he's changing that.
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The Detroit Lakes School Board voted unanimously (with Tom Klyve being absent) to deny outgoing Roosevelt Elementary Principal Jerry Hanson his request for a leave of absence. The 55-year-old Hanson, who took a job as a principal in Fargo, would have been eligible for full retirement in Minnesota next year. School Board Vice Chair Dr.
Brook Chelmo and his family are finally back home in Detroit Lakes. "I just ran up to him, wrapped my arms around him and bawled," said Joyce Chelmo, Brook's mother, as she talked about the happy airport reunion Wednesday. His brother, Derek, and father, Richard, were also overjoyed. "I didn't shed tears," said Brook, "I was just in a state of shock; I couldn't believe I was finally here." The flights home from Japan may have lasted 18 hours, but the fight to get here has been much, much longer. The 32-year-old Detroit Lakes native has been living in Japan with his Japanese wife, Kei
It's promising to be a good year for builders around Detroit Lakes, according to Community Development Director Larry Remmen. "Looking at the building permit report, which includes permits requested from January though June, so far our total building permits are valued at $6.6 million," said Remmen. The report compares that number to stats from the past three years. Permits this year are up from 2009 at this time, when permits totaled $4.4 million. However, they are down from last year, which saw $14.4 million. "A big chunk of that was the Sanford Health project, though," said Remmen
"I've had a passion for old cars since I was just a kid," said Orlo Gilbert. The 72-year-old car enthusiast remembers the day he set eyes on his beauty -- a 1914 Willys Overland. "I was four years old, sitting in the right hand side while my brother drove it ...