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There's a hustle and bustle of students in the beautiful, marble hallways; there's a smell of food drifting from the shiny, new kitchen, and there are impressed smiles everywhere you look, as White Earth community members finally open the doors to the new Circle of Life Academy. "An 'academy' is a little bit above a school," said former School Administrator Mitchell Vogt at the school's grand opening Thursday, "and now that we have this, I ask you, what are we going to do with it? What's this school going to look like 10 years from now from an academic standpoint?
It's a question that people have been asking each other for the past week: "Are you ready for school?" Ready or not, it's here. Detroit Lakes students heard that old familiar bell ring again for the first time in months yesterday, and that always brings with it a mixed bag of emotions. Excitement, nervousness, sadness, happiness and for some, even a little dread -- but it also brings with it some change.
A flock of physicians is landing in Detroit Lakes, as Essentia Health gets a dollop of new doctors delivered to its doorstep. "From the first of July this year through the end of September, we will be adding eight new providers, which is a big, significant number for us," said Peter Jacobson, president of Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes. Turnover hadn't been the main issue, according to Jacobson, who says Essentia only lost a couple of physicians last year. Instead, he says the hiring is in response to a growing community, a growing hospital organization and a growing number of patient
It's time to say "grace" and be thankful for mouth-watering salads. Members of Grace Lutheran Church are getting ready to whip up dozens of their favorite salads for the church's 12th annual Salad Luncheon. The event takes place Friday, Sept. 7, going from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Pelican Lake has, for the past couple of years, been the unfortunate poster child of aquatic invasive species -- specifically zebra mussels. The beautiful lake between Detroit Lakes and Pelican Rapids spans close to 4,000 acres and has always been considered a pristine Minnesota lake. But in 2010, word was out that it had been infested with zebra mussels. "I didn't even know what a zebra mussel was then," said Erica Johnson, a Detroit Lakes woman who grew up in her parent's Pelican Lake cottage.
Only about eight months ago, they were breaking ground on a lot northeast of Menards. Now on that lot, a 25,000-square-foot, modern building looms across the seven acres of developed property. A familiar Ford theme of blue and silver shines in the light, reflecting the sun's rays onto equally shiny rows of Ford vehicles that fill the sales lot. It's the fruition of a plan that brothers Jeff and Brock Webber, along with their father, John, have been working on since the day they started their Webber Family Ford business in Detroit Lakes five years ago. "We knew when we started, we were
51-year-old Terry Green sat comfortably in his rural Frazee livingroom Friday morning wearing a Zorbaz t-shirt and chatting with his wife and brother. "I probably shouldn't even be here," he told them, "but there must be a reason I lived -- I don't know what the reason is, but somebody somewhere thought I needed to be here." Green just returned home Monday from a three month stay at a Fargo hospital after a near death experience that seemed to come out of nowhere. "I don't remember anything about the accident, but from what people tell me, it was my fault," said Green, "and that's been s
It's time to lace up the sneakers and stretch out the muscles, as the 17th annual Dick Beardsley Half Marathon is right around the corner. The event is expected to bring in up to 2,000 runners from all over the region for a series of events, including a 5k, half-marathon, 2-person relay for the half marathon and the kids' 1k. The Beardsley is set for Saturday, Sept.
Detroit Lakes woman Marga Ybarra likes things around her to be beautiful. "I do, when I'm in my own home, I don't like things to be plain or boring," said Ybarra, dressed with fashion flare, "I've just always loved making things beautiful and have always done artwork and have been design driven." Now, Ybarra is channeling that inner talent into her own business, called Myy Designs, which is located along highway 10 east of the city. (Many locals know it as the old Sherman Photography Studio).
Monday night proved to be packed full of productivity for members of the Detroit Lakes School Board as they not only toured the schools to check on changes and updates, but also began to really tackle the looming question: to build or not to build? The tour Board members hopped from one facility to the next, getting a first-hand look at the changes that have happened over the summer. Probably the most noticeable is the new concession stand that is now carved into the hallway near the high school gymnasium. Complete with cooking equipment and a full food prep area, concessions can certai