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"Before I started this whole thing, I just prayed and asked God to help me do something that was going to make a difference -- something that was going to matter long term," said Detroit Lakes mother Debbie Janzen. Today, Janzen is seeing that prayer come to fruition after launching the Detroit Lakes High School Robotics Team -- a team that surprised everybody with a state win in its second year of existence last season. That was last year. This year, it's a whole new ball game. "We've more than doubled in size," said Janzen, smiling. The team went from around 11 members last year to
Anglers have been walking on thin ice with local law enforcement recently, as they've prematurely been taking to the semi-frozen lakes. "There's no law against being foolish," said Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon, "but the thing is, when they go through it's our responsibility to retrieve them ...
Not often do you get the chance to do breakfast with the big man himself, so planners of the "Breakfast with Santa" event are hoping lots of people seize the opportunity. Breakfast with Santa is happening this Sunday at M State, with all proceeds going to benefit the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center. "It's that time of the year.
Burger Time in Detroit Lakes has flipped its last burger -- for now. After 22 years in the city, the burger joint has closed its windows. The owner of Burger Time, Gary Copperud, a Colorado businessman, sold the land to the city back in October for $560,000 The plan was originally for Burger Time to then lease the building back from the city until spring so that it could continue operating. "We were agreeable to that, but we said they would need to work out the propane and gas supply and things like that," said City Administrator Bob Louiseau, who said the existing gas lines needed to
It's a 'ruff' life when you haven't got a family to call your own, but when humans care, those sad 'tails' can quickly turn into success stories. In Becker County, those humans often attend the Tuxes & Tails black tie event. This year the evening, full of formal fashions, fabulous food and furry friends, will be held Friday, Dec.
Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden was the guest speaker at a Kiwanis meeting this week, bringing with him the stories of trials and triumph. Those stories started with audio from the 9-1-1 calls that came in that afternoon and a video presentation of their disaster. After an EF4 tornado ripped through the town on June 17, 2010, Wolden and the entire community were left looking at seven miles worth of the twisted steal and debris that was once their town. "The southwest part of Wadena really looked like a war zone -- it looked like a bomb had went off," said Wolden. The twister had totaled the
There are roughly 1,300 students filtering in and out of the Roosevelt Ele-mentary and Detroit Lakes Middle School every day, and not a lot of room to do it -- not by anybody's standards. The district re-routed traffic this year, as well as re-arranged parking around the schools in an effort to alleviate traffic congestion and amp up safety for students. Although middle school pick up and drop off re-main the same, Roosevelt parents are now being routed to the south side and kept in a different lane than busses -- a move that didn't look promising at the start of school when more parents w
Authorities have released the names of two people found dead in their Ogema home early Sunday morning. 41-year-old Torrance Coady and 25-year-old Brenda Keezer appeared to have died from a prescription drug overdose, according to Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon. Authorities were called to the residence at about 1 a.m.
This will be a Thanksgiving the Schermerhorns will never forget, as the Frazee family continues to pray for a miracle. 17-year-old Myrel Schermerhorn remains in critical condition as of Tuesday night after he lost control of his car on an icy road Friday night, flipping it into a pond and ending up trapped in his car underwater. The accident happened around 11 p.m.
Creeping closer to Christmas, it's clear that there are angels among us -- and their tree is sitting right in front of the Boys and Girls Club Thrift Store in Detroit Lakes. For the first time, store employees have erected a Christmas tree full of children's names. They are children who, because of their family's financial situation, stand to get little for Christmas this year. The Angel Tree works like many others you'll see this time of year. "Pick a tag off the tree, and it will tell you if it's a boy or girl, how old they are, and what they're looking for" explained Store Manager C