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Two are dead in the Twin Cities; 125 are dead in Joplin, Mo., and 15 more people died when tornados hit three Southern states Tuesday. And not soon will we forget what happened last summer just down the road in Wadena. Tornados are a twist of fate few see coming, and with an already destructive tornado season upon us, local authorities are urging residents to ready themselves for a worst-case scenario. "This really is a no-brainer for people to do," said Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena. Keena is talking about signing up for the free instant alert notification service offered by t
The tides continue to change at the Waubun-Ogema-White Earth school district as the school's superintendent and elementary school principal officially resigned at Thursday night's board meeting. For three years, Mitch Anderson has been giving the district a two-for-one deal, filling both roles for a then cash-strapped school. Anderson is taking the position of superintendent in Perham, a move he says makes sense for his family. "I'm originally from Frazee, and Perham is close, so I've got friends and family in the area." The decision to leave didn't come easy for Anderson, who star
Students from the White Earth Indian Reservation will be getting quite a welcome back to school next year, as construction plows full steam ahead on the new Circle of Life Academy. The K-12 school is being built on the outskirts of White Earth where an old Catholic Mission school stood for nearly a century. Not long after its demolition 15 years ago, Reservation leaders began planning for the day a new school would be built on that site, which overlooks Mission Lake. Two years ago that dream became more of a reality when the Bureau of Indian Affairs, a federally run entity, approved fun
One local politician has her controversial agenda locked and loaded at the Minnesota Legislature. District 10 Senator and conservative Republican Gretchen Hoffman has sponsored a bill that would put into law a version of what is known as the "Castle Doctrine," or "Stand Your Ground." This defines the right of homeowners to not only shoot an intruder in self defense, but the right to shoot them if they believe "in good faith" the situation could lead to bodily harm. The bill would also extend those rights to other places outside of the home, such as vehicles, SUV's, yards or t
Buried treasure is all around us in Detroit Lakes, but only a few are willing to dig for it. That's because the trinkets and valuables are buried not in the earth, but under water. "People would be so surprised at the things they can find in the lakes around here," said Gary Thompson, otherwise known as "Seal", a nickname he earned because of the amount of time he's spent in the water. That's about 3,500 recreational and commercial dives over his 44-year diving career. Thompson is the owner of Discovery Dives in Detroit Lakes. He started out his operation 24 years
Since moving its operation over to Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Detroit Lakes, the success stories through the Adult Basic Education Program (ABE) have reportedly gone up. According to Lead Instructor Kathy Simison, the number of GED graduates going on to higher education continues to rise locally since moving its operation from the Lincoln Ed Center to the college nearly a year and a half ago. "It's because this is a perfect venue for them," Simison said.
"It's the best EMS week we've ever had," smiled St. Mary's EMS Manager David Langworthy, as he walked around the department's brand new building. The Emergency Medical Services used to be located on 1240 Washington Avenue, but after two years of waiting and hoping, the crews made the move over to a newly constructed 11,000-square-foot building, located at 225 Park Street, right behind the Holiday Gas Station, in amongst the new Essentia St.
Since 1933, Minnesotans have been forbidden to buy booze on Sundays out of respect for the "day of rest." This could be changing though, as a state Senate committee passed legislation, introduced by state Sen.
The tall, smooth walls are blue like the sky as the rooms of the "Backyard" buzz with activity. Construction workers at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center are busy with the inside of the facility's new $2 million Backyard addition. "They're painting and getting ready to get all the mechanicals in, and then the windows should arrive the end of May," said Community Center CEO Stewart Omberg. Construction on the 6,000-square-foot addition began last fall, trudged through the icy winter, and is now starting to blossom. The facility will include a large playland with a "parent
A cabinet, an ashtray, a cutting board ... these are the types of things students used to make in shop class. In Detroit Lakes, they build a house ...