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There once was a time when many thought travel agents needed to book themselves a one-way ticket to another career field. Internet sites like Hotwire, Expedia and Travelocity had soared in popularity amongst travelers looking to save a buck. Now, that trend could be yesterday's news, as a demand for travel agents seems to be taking off again. "Just over the past six months, sales in our retail division have increased by 25 to 28 percent," said Cheryl Chivers, manager of Travel Travel of Detroit Lakes. Chivers credits their long-awaited up-tick to unrest in certain parts of the world an
It's the question everyone is asking, 'Is it hot enough for ya?' Scorching temperatures in the lakes area are into the 90's with high humidity kicking in to form heat indexes into the 100's -- numbers most around here just aren't used tao. Air conditioning units are now a hot commodity as many local stores that typically sell them are fresh out. Menards is out, as is L&M Fleet and possibly D&D Repair & Appliance in Detroit Lakes. "We have one left," said D&D's Sales Manager, Chris Gravdahl, who says customers have pretty much been wiping them out since last week. "We can get a few UP
When recent Detroit Lakes High School graduate Patrick Link and his parents started investigating the best avenue to an engineering career, they couldn't have known they would soon be jump-starting a program that would be one for the school history books. "He's always been a builder," said Patrick Link's mother, Pat, "So in talking to an NDSU engineering professor about how to prepare for this, he suggested getting involved with a robotics team." The problem was, there wasn't one in Detroit Lakes. But when Link talked to his high school science teacher, he told him there had already been
Organizers of the 33rd annual Art in the Park are painting a pretty picture of this year's event. "Oh, it's going to be such a nice, relaxing, family-friendly event," said Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce President Carrie Johnston. "We take over the park and fill it with vendors, live music and food." Art in the Park is just that -- a place where local artists and crafters converge in one place to sell their masterpieces. Approximately 100 vendors will set up shop on Sunday, July 31, at the city park, from 9 a.m.
Hope wasn't just the word being illuminated with candles at the Relay for Life Friday; it was the feeling. "Maybe the money we are raising right here, right now will be what it takes to find the cure, and maybe one day we won't have to hear the words anymore" said this year's co-chair of the event, Margorie Berg. "The words" are, of course, 'you have cancer' -- something statistics show 160 people in Becker County will hear this year. The same statistics show 66 of those people will die from the disease. But not if those in the relay have anything to say about it. The Relay for Life
When Minnesotans complain about the government shutdown affecting "the little people," they're right on. Some daycare children are being tossed out on their little diapered behinds as daycare assistance has come to a screeching halt. Where once families needing assistance received up to $107 per child, per week (depending on each family's required co-pay), there are now zero payments going out -- leaving struggling families fending for themselves or daycare providers working for free. Mandi Green is the director of the Bethlehem Lutheran Preschool and Daycare in Frazee. She says out of
Growing up, Matt Modrow always had a thing for old beauties. "I always loved classic cars," he said adding, "They're never the same old thing." But knowing what rattled his chain, Modrow learned standard auto repair. Knowing what really turned his crank, he also learned to tinker -- teaching himself the ins and outs of old automobiles along the way. Then the die-hard Ford man met Jennifer -- the daughter of a Chevy dealer. Sparks flew, and they joined the great American love affair with the automobile. They began their business, called Classics ...
There is officially a job opening for an elementary school principal at Roosevelt. The Detroit Lakes School Board voted to accept Jerry Hanson's resignation after 10 years on the job. Hanson took another principal position in Fargo -- a move he announced at the end of the school year. Hanson had originally asked for a three-year leave of absence from the district because he was close to getting full retirement in Minnesota. The board, however, denied that request, and reiterated its reasons during Monday morning's school board meeting. "I just don't think we want something like that
Soccer lovers will soon be getting a kick out of their new field in Detroit Lakes. "We've been working on making this happen for 10 years now," said David Carter, who spearheaded the soccer programs in Detroit Lakes. Fundraising, volunteering and a lot of "team work" have finally led to the association's goal: a new soccer field that will be considered a first class facility. Carter says Field 5 of the Rotary Soccer Fields behind M-State was completely ripped up for the project. Torrential rains during original seeding had caused a lot of valleys and hills throughout the field -- a pro
When Brook and Keiko Chelmo finally received visas to move their family back from Japan, they thought life would get easier -- and safer for their 19-month-old daughter, Aria. In some regards, they're right. They've faced no threats of earthquakes, tsunamis or power plant explosions like they did in their Japanese home this past spring. What they have faced in the past month since living in Detroit Lakes, is a desperate 911 call, a life-flight to Fargo and some very dangerous medical red tape. "We've been so stressed it's been tough to sleep," said Brook Chelmo.