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Andy Mohn has worked at ACS as a customer service representative for four years. He knows a lot about technology, specifically cell phones. So when an elderly couple came in with a million questions on their new phones and services, he could have rushed through the details in order to tend to the growing line behind them. He didn't. Mohn very patiently walked the couple through everything they needed to know until they were confident they knew what they were doing. That is one of the stories that won Andy Mohn the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce's Super Service Award. Me
There is some good news for the Chelmo family. After a week-long media blitz, pleading their case to come home, the Detroit Lakes family stuck in Japan is very close to seeing that happen. Brook Chelmo and his parents, Joyce and Richard Chelmo, have been working feverishly to get him, his wife, Kieko, and his 15-month-old daughter, Aria back to the area after the devastation and continuing threats of earthquakes and nuclear disasters in Japan. Working with Senator Amy Klobuchar's office, Kieko, who is Japanese, has now been granted an interview with U.S.
Amy Jacobson traces her fingers along the dusty bottles that sit patiently in her basement, collecting taste. The Detroit Lakes woman is fairly new to the art of homemade wine making, as her oldest bottle was made only a couple of years ago. "This one was from my very first batch" she says, proudly pointing to a 2009 white merlot. Jacobson says she fell in love with making homemade wine at the ripe old age of 25. "About two and a half years ago I got going on a whim; thought it'd be a fun thing to do, and now I have something brewing all the time.
Thousands will soon be ascending the Kent Freeman Sports Arena as construction venders are "fixin" to showcase their products. The Lake Builders Association is holding its 25th annual Spring Home and Garden Show next weekend. "We've been working so bloomin' hard at it," laughs Sharon Westerholm, executive officer for the association. This year, they've nailed down at least 100 booths of home improvement and construction businesses throughout the area. The goal is for home owners to drift from booth to booth, while these home experts plant some ideas and present their products to thos
Gertrude "Gerdie" Krogstad remembers a time when she and the thrift store she helps run were so successful they were able to give money away to several charities throughout the Detroit Lakes community. "I think we were able to help like seven or eight organizations every year," Krogstad said.
What do you get when you add two new teaching approaches to a team of motivated educators? The sum equals grades greater than before.
A Detroit Lakes native teaching English in Japan is in survival mode, trying to get his family out of the devastated country after it was rocked by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, tsunami, and now three nuclear plant explosions. 32-year-old Brook Chelmo, his Japanese wife, Keiko and their 14-month-old daughter, Aria, live in the Japanese town of Takrarazuka-shi, which is about eight hours southwest of the earthquake's epicenter. In a Facebook interview, Chelmo told a reporter from this newspaper that when his wife texted him the message "BIG EARTHQUAKE!!!" he basically prepared his mind
When Assistant Becker County Attorney Tammy Merkins successfully prosecuted a deadly drinking and driving accident last year, she didn't expect an award for it. That is exactly what she got, though, as MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) handed her the Greater Minnesota Prosecutor Award on March 9. The award recognized a particular case tried by Merkins, in which four people were killed and two seriously injured in an accident near Pine Point in July of 2009. Merkins argued the February trial, which ultimately found Chad Stewart of Detroit Lakes guilty on all six felony counts. He is
March can sometimes bring a lull in community action as we hit an "in-between" time for sports. This is why some area organizations choose now to blow up some balloons and fire up their family fundraisers. The Rossman Elementary PTO is holding their 3rd annual Carnival fundraiser on Saturday, March 19th in the school gym. Ann Marie Lacher, Rossman PTO President, says this is by far their most successful fundraiser of the year. "We started holding a Carnival instead of having the kids sell things out of catalogues.
Domestic violence and sexual assaults have been a proverbial slap in the face for tribal members on the White Earth Reservation for generations. Now, advocates fighting the problem are seeing a light at the end of a very dark, scary tunnel. Workers with DOVE (a White Earth program serving abuse victims) and the White Earth Housing Department are nearing completion of the reservation's very first women's shelter. "It's something we've needed here for a very long time; we've been dreaming about it for years," said Shelter Coordinator Loretta Gjerde. The $1 million, 9,000-square-foot she