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More people on the White Earth Indian Reservation and beyond are now waking up to a Cup of Joe -- that is the name of the morning show, which is once again broadcasting from Niijii Radio. The Callaway station, located at 89.9 on the FM dial with the call letters KKWE, was shut down for several months after it was struck first by Mother Nature (a lightning strike), then by thieves who reportedly got away with expensive studio equipment. All summer and into the fall the station sat completely disassembled -- from its studio to its volunteer base to its management. But Niijii, an Ojibwe wor
They call it the "domestic peace corps," and it's now inside the Detroit Lakes School District. It's the first year the Reading and Math Corps have been infused into the schools, which has new tutors placed into both Roosevelt and Rossman. The new tutors are hired through the district, but at no cost to it as the federally funded program grants certain schools the extra positions. So far, four new tutors are busy working with approximately 50 students between the two elementary schools -- 25 for math, 25 for reading. "What makes this program so unique is that it isn't for the most stru
It's almost time to break out your swankiest attire for everybody's favorite furry friends. The annual Tuxes and Tails fundraiser is coming up Dec.
Millions of Americans are preparing for the big feast day, as they check off their grocery lists or pack their bags. But not everybody has big plans on Thanksgiving, and that is why volunteers at Holy Rosary in Detroit Lakes are busy making sure they, too, have an invitingly warm place to go for a good, old-fashioned Thanksgiving meal. "It's complete with turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, sweet potatoes, bread, cranberries, olives and pickles, pumpkin and apple pie -- the whole works," said Detroit Lakes Mayor Matt Brenk, who is chairing the event with his wife, Mary. A couple o
The Boys and Girls Club Thrift Store has once again put out the tree that ends up making local residents Christmas angels. This is the second year the store has set up its angel tree, and already the need for help has grown from last year. The tree is full of names of local kids in need, complete with age, gender and wish. Just since the angel tree was put up last Friday, 108 children's names have been placed on the tree, which is more than the number of presents they collected the entire holiday season last year. "Out of those 108 names, 30 of them have already been taken down though,
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.