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As the holidays approach, homes and businesses will begin to light up like a Christmas tree -- especially the American Legion in Lake Park. That's because folks there are preparing for the seventh annual Parade of Trees, which starts Thanksgiving Day at 3 p.m. "This is where individuals, families, groups or businesses can come in and decorate a tree for the year," said one of the event coordinators, Melanie Hanson, "and then it's displayed at the American Legion for other people to come in and view all of the different trees and lights." Hanson says people are really beginning to make th
Detroit Lakes students are doing their part to take care of their own this holiday season. Nearly 300 students from Roosevelt Elementary and Holy Rosary took time out of class Wednesday morning to stuff teddy bears. The project is being sponsored by AmericInn employees of Detroit Lakes, who did the fundraising for the Becker County area, raising about $3,000 for the project. The 300 teddy bears, which come as just material and Velcro, were stuffed by the helping hands of third- and fourth-graders.
The Detroit Lakes School board and administration came to a consensus tonight at the regular school board meeting -- that a new elementary school is the way to go in order to address the district's increasingly problematic space issues. Board members, Superintendent Doug Froke and Education Director Lowell Nicklaus all agreed that out of the several options laid out on the table for consideration, the best one is to build a new K-3 elementary school on a new location somewhere either within or just outside of the city limits. The group chose this option after being handed the last two opti
The Detroit Lakes School board and administration came to a consensus Tuesday night at the regular school board meeting...that a new elementary school is the way to go in order to address the district's increasingly problematic space issues. Board members, Superintendent Doug Froke and Education Director Lowell Niklaus all agreed that out of the several options laid out on the table for consideration, the best one is to build a new K-3 elementary school on a new location somewhere either within or just outside of the city limits.
The White Earth Tribe will soon be harvesting wind energy on the reservation. Thanks mostly to a federal grant through the Department of Energy, two wind turbines have been installed to help shrink the energy-usage footprint left on the reservation -- one in Naytahwaush and one just south of Waubun. A congressional appropriation (earmark) led to the Reservation receiving nearly $2 million for the project; the tribe kicked in an additional $500,000. Installers arrived on White Earth at the end of September to build the foundation and returned a month later to assemble the lattice towers.
The first ever Holiday Bazaar at the Washington Square Mall in Detroit Lakes is already being deemed a success before it's even up and running. The event, which is taking place Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A look around the political landscape today shows nothing much really remains of Tuesday's hoopla other than a small gathering around the water cooler, a little confetti and some dried mud slung during the political battles. And barring any lingering and slightly haunting recounts, that means we can all once again be friends -- no more amendments to vote on; simply amends to make. Or can we? The polls can take their tolls on some families, co-workers and friends...
Races for some Minnesota state legislative seats proved to be neck in neck for area candidates and a virtual walk in the park for others. Green beats Sailer Republican Steve Green surprised some when he received enough votes to defeat DFL'er Brita Sailer for the seat in district 2B. A Fosston native, Green took 9,759 votes or 51 percent, while Sailer, of Park Rapids, barely trailed him with 9,376 votes or 49 percent. There were 15 write-in votes. It remained close in Becker County for the two candidates, but Green still took it locally with 52 percent to Sailer's 48 percent. Skoe def
An uncontested Andrew Berg will remain mayor of Waubun after receiving 94 percent of the votes against a 6 percent write-in total on Tuesday. Berg, who was a city council member, took over as mayor this past June after then-mayor William Eck left office. Betsy McDougal was then appointed to fill his council position until the election.
26-year-old Brian Nelson remembers the summers he spent at his father's lake cabin on Lake Melissa ... some of them admittedly partying. "Yeah, our neighbors didn't appreciate that very much," the California native smiled, talking fondly of his time in Detroit Lakes. Nelson is back living in that lake home for a while, but these days, his extracurricular has a much softer, stronger purpose. He's here to coach. "I like to call myself a cancer coach," said Nelson, sitting in one of the infusion chairs in the oncology department of Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes.