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A proud group of 225 Detroit Lakes third-graders are now the owners of their very own, and very thick dictionaries. (That's a noun pronounced dik-shuh-ner-ee, according to the dictionary.) The students received their gifts via the Detroit Lakes Morning and Noon Rotarians, who hand-delivered them to the classrooms. "We got a call from our district's literacy coordinator, who let us know that a group called The Dictionary Project wants to provide free dictionaries for third-graders in our school district," said Mike Stearns, a morning Rotarian who helped with the project.
A little glitz and glamour will be lighting up Detroit Lakes this New Year's Eve as the Kiwanis Club partners with the Holiday Inn for a formal and slightly swanky event. It's called "New Years Eve on Ice," and although the Holiday Inn had its inaugural event last year, its new partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Detroit Lakes has evolved it into a larger, charitable event. "They were looking for somebody to partner with them for this, and we were looking for a different, unique way to fundraise," said Kiwanis's co-chair for the event, Carrie Johnston, who says while the Holiday Inn has "
There's no arguing the fact that the Ojibwe language is a dying one. "It's in the critical stages of being a language lost," said Assistant Education Director for the White Earth Reservation, Mary Otto, who says very few people on White Earth speak the language now, and most of those that do are elders. But all that could soon be changing. "What's that?" asked Tiffany Thompson, one of the teachers at the Mahnomen Childcare Learning Center, as she pointed to a picture of a horse. "Bebeshigoooanzhii," said 4-year-old Madison Fairbanks of Mahnomen. Little Madison is only one of dozens o
As Detroit Lakes high school students had a moment of silence Monday morning for the lives lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings Friday, a grim reminder of the chilliest possibilities was cast upon not just the students, but the faculty charged with keeping them safe. "It's your worst nightmare as an administrator and as a parent," said Detroit Lakes Superintendent Doug Froke, "It's so devastating you can't even frame it up into words." But Froke and other school leaders will try, as he says school security will be on the agenda for future meetings within the school district.
Nobody should be alone on Christmas -- that is the whole idea behind Christmas at Our House, a Christmas feast put on by volunteers at Detroit Lakes First Lutheran Church. The event, which has become a yearly tradition at the church, is set for Christmas day from noon until 2 p.m. Christmas at Our House, which is all-volunteer staffed, is free and open to the public.
It's a collaborative game of back and forth, as the Detroit Lakes School Board takes the ball in its court while constructing a multi-project facilities plan that includes a new 1,000-seat K-3 elementary school. Two weeks ago the plan was in the hands of a community steering committee charged with brainstorming ideas and projects. Those additional projects caused the entire plan to shoot up to roughly $61 million - $18 million more than the architect's original estimate.
It's full steam ahead for the Holiday Train as it will soon be coming around the corner, bringing good cheer and help for those in need. Canadian Pacific has once again scheduled a stop in Detroit Lakes on Friday, Dec. 14, at 3:15 p.m. for the traditional Holiday Train, which lights up the sky with it bright holiday lights and live music. "Each time they come, they give us a check from Canadian Pacific -- usually for $1,000," said Jack Berenz, director of the Becker County Food Pantry.
When a mother raises her three daughters to each believe she is their best friend, most would agree, she's certainly done something right. Such is the case for Detroit Lakes woman Mary McDougall. "But she's not just my best friend -- she's the person I look up to," said Jessica Splonskowski, who is the middle sister, in between younger sister Ashley McDougall and older sister Kelly Westrum. Not only did the three sisters grow up close to each other and their mother, Mary, but also the man in their lives -- their father, Bob McDougall. "I'm a little out-numbered," he laughed, "but I sup
People needing kidney dialysis on the White Earth Reservation will soon have help in their own backyard. A new dialysis unit is set to be built as part of an addition planned for the health building just outside of the town of White Earth. Health experts on the reservation say this is a much-needed project, as patients there have always had to travel to Detroit Lakes, Bemidji or Fargo to receive dialysis. "And that's such a big commitment because each treatment takes between six to eight hours and sometimes has to be done every other day," said Pat Butler, who is health director for the