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Rossman fifth-graders Collin Motrow and McKenzie McDougall sit in their classroom tapping away at an Apple iPad like they have been around forever. "I'm checking my grades right now," Collin said, "Yeah, it's really cool -- you can do lots of quizzes and stuff on it," adds McKenzie without looking up. The tech-savvy fifth-graders may know their way around an iPad, but what they probably don't know is why. The Detroit Lakes Public Education Foundation is the reason behind that classroom iPad. The foundation, which started in 2007, bought it. The DLPEF is not affiliated with the school
Rita Alaniz got a pre-Halloween scare she likely won't forget anytime soon. As she was walking through her kitchen in rural Detroit Lakes Monday, she says she noticed a spider inching towards her 1-year-old nephew. It wasn't a typical spider, though, and she says there was something about the way it was moving that creeped her out. "It was moving sideways back and forth," Alaniz said, adding that her first instinct was to jump in front of her nephew. "And when I did that, it put its butt up in the air, jumped straight up, and when it landed it spread its feet out," said Alaniz, "then i
Recent news of the city's plans to build a new municipal liquor store on the current Burger Time site has many asking the big Time question -- are they relocating in Detroit Lakes? "Yes," said Jack Chivers, the real estate broker who is representing Burger Time in the sale to the city, "We are looking for another site for them to reconstruct or build new in DL -- we just don't know where yet." Chivers says they don't necessarily need to find the place with the highest visibility in town because their success has not been tied to their location. "They have a cult following," said Chivers,
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Richard Spadgenski sits patiently at a table set up at the Washington Square Mall in Detroit Lakes, chatting with friends and whittling away at a piece of wood. With each swipe of his knife, the chunk of wood gets closer and closer to resembling a duck -- a wood duck to be exact. "These are number 51 and 52," the Frazee man said of the pieces of art that typically take him about 75 hours each to finish.
The National K9 competition in Detroit Lakes last month went so well, volunteers for the event are pushing for the city to host another one in 2014. "When I first heard about it, I thought they were joking," said Detroit Lakes Police Chief Tim Eggebraaten, "but apparently they weren't." Eggebraaten and K9 handler Sgt.
The Minnesota DNR is carrying out a first-of-its kind, fast attack on the zebra mussels recently found in Rose Lake in between Frazee and Vergas. The invasive species with a reputation for killing off fish populations and destroying beaches with their sharp shells were found in the lake on Sept.
Sometimes in business it isn't 'what' you know, it's 'who' you know. That's why the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce makes its Sunrise and Sunset Socials a big priority. They used to be known as 'after hours' events, where chamber members would get together at a restaurant to have a drink and chat with other chamber members. They were also primarily social get-togethers. Since the Chamber re-started its program a year and a half ago, they've transformed the events to be geared more towards real networking -- held at different businesses each month. Chamber President Carrie
The Minnesota DNR was out at Rose Lake between Frazee and Vergas this morning (Thursday) treating a small section of the lake for zebra mussels after somebody brought an infested boat lift into the lake. Now, they're hoping a quick response and plenty of copper sulfate will kill the invasive species that have been spotted in that immediate area. This has homeowners around Rose Lake and other local residents crossing their fingers that the treatments will be effective.
When the bell rang at the Detroit Lakes High School Monday morning, Karen Odens and Erika Haglund made their way into the classroom like they had done many times before. They pair weren't high school students though, at least anymore. "I graduated from here in 1997," Odens said. "I graduated from here in 2006," stated Haglund. Odens is now a pharmacist in Park Rapids -- Haglund is her intern in her last year of pharmacy school. They were part of a new Community Mentorship program in Detroit Lakes, which pairs up area professionals with high school students that might be interested in