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The area's warm, dry winter means cold, hard savings for the Detroit Lakes School District, and that has school leaders saying, "let's go surfing" -- the web, that is. With substantial savings from both heating and snow removal costs, district managers believe their plan to get every school building wireless will be financially feasible. According to Business Manager Ted Heisserer, the district had budgeted about $225,600 for natural gas costs to heat all six buildings throughout the winter.
Come Sunday, Feb.
When Shane Lundon of Callaway set out to go ice fishing in the Poles 'N Holes Fishing Derby Saturday, he thought it'd be just like all the others. "I've fished several of these tournaments, and not once had I caught a fish -- not once," he said. But Lundon's streak of bad luck came to an end when he caught a 2.93-pound northern on the north side of Little Detroit Lake. "I still didn't think I had a chance at winning, though," said Lundon, "I figured it was way too small." He figured wrong. As the minutes ticked away from the three-hour fishing tournament, nobody could seem to catch a
Detroit Lakes schools have been stamped with the label "Needs Improvement" since 2009. Not anymore. "That status is gone effective immediately," said Superintendent Doug Froke, as he spoke at Monday night's school board meeting. President Obama granted Minnesota and nine other states a reprieve from the federal education law, No Child Left Behind, whose sweeping reforms penalizes schools for not making adequate yearly progress, among other stipulations. Since its inception 10 years ago when it received overwhelming bipartisan support, NCLB has come under fire for encouraging schools to
Brenda Wieland had no idea why people were standing outside the door of her DLCCC office Monday, but when Chamber of Commerce President Carrie Johnston walked in with a bouquet of flowers, she knew. Wieland was honored with the Chamber's Super Service Award, which is handed out quarterly to Chamber members who go above and beyond for their customers. An unknown person in the community nominated her. "Brenda always gives excellent customer service - whether it's a membership, giving a tour, dealing with co-workers or her daily job duties -- she is thorough, kind, generous and caring," Joh
The Boy Scout motto is "Always be prepared," and true to their word, some Detroit Lakes boy scouts were just that last weekend. During the scouts' annual winter camp up at Camp Wilderness (near of Park Rapids) a few boys got a cold, hard lesson on winter survival. The boys were attempting to earn an award called the Below Zero Hero award, which requires the boys to sleep outside all night in below zero conditions. Typically, the scouts would build snow shelters, or quinzees, in order to block the wind and insulate their limited body heat. Lack of snow, however, killed those plans. Bu
Esther Ames knows how tough it can be to make ends meet. A single mother of three, she was living in Naytahwaush pinching pennies just to pay the heating bill in an old, leaky house. But that all changed with one phone call. "It was 4:30 in the afternoon; I was just on my way home from work," said Ames, "and they told me I had been picked." What Ames had been picked for was the opportunity to move her family into a brand new home. The White Earth Indian Reservation is combating poverty and homelessness with a new, unique homeownership program. Thirty new homes are being built as pa
They may be old, but they've still got spark. The 9th annual DL Vintage Rally and Swap Meet is right around the corner, and that has classic snowmobile lovers all revved up. "What's great about this is, since it's located on Detroit Lake, the lack of snow doesn't matter, we can still ride," said Wayne Schlauderaff, co-chair of the vintage rally and one of Ultra's board members. The event, set for Saturday, Feb. 18, begins at 8 a.m.
Playing King of the Hill is considerably less dangerous this year, as snow piles are rarely over a couple of feet high. That's the upside. The downside is that grown up play has also been hampered, and that spells trouble for area businesses that rely on winter recreation such as snowmobiling. "We're down a good 25 percent in revenue this winter," said Rayna Tucker, who owns the Ice Cracking Lodge with her husband Steve. On snowier winters, the Ice Cracking is packed with hundreds of snowmobilers on any given Saturday. This year, crickets. "A lot of the businesses around here are h