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Buried treasure is all around us in Detroit Lakes, but only a few are willing to dig for it. That's because the trinkets and valuables are buried not in the earth, but under water. "People would be so surprised at the things they can find in the lakes around here," said Gary Thompson, otherwise known as "Seal", a nickname he earned because of the amount of time he's spent in the water. That's about 3,500 recreational and commercial dives over his 44-year diving career. Thompson is the owner of Discovery Dives in Detroit Lakes. He started out his operation 24 years
Since moving its operation over to Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Detroit Lakes, the success stories through the Adult Basic Education Program (ABE) have reportedly gone up. According to Lead Instructor Kathy Simison, the number of GED graduates going on to higher education continues to rise locally since moving its operation from the Lincoln Ed Center to the college nearly a year and a half ago. "It's because this is a perfect venue for them," Simison said.
"It's the best EMS week we've ever had," smiled St. Mary's EMS Manager David Langworthy, as he walked around the department's brand new building. The Emergency Medical Services used to be located on 1240 Washington Avenue, but after two years of waiting and hoping, the crews made the move over to a newly constructed 11,000-square-foot building, located at 225 Park Street, right behind the Holiday Gas Station, in amongst the new Essentia St.
Since 1933, Minnesotans have been forbidden to buy booze on Sundays out of respect for the "day of rest." This could be changing though, as a state Senate committee passed legislation, introduced by state Sen.
The tall, smooth walls are blue like the sky as the rooms of the "Backyard" buzz with activity. Construction workers at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center are busy with the inside of the facility's new $2 million Backyard addition. "They're painting and getting ready to get all the mechanicals in, and then the windows should arrive the end of May," said Community Center CEO Stewart Omberg. Construction on the 6,000-square-foot addition began last fall, trudged through the icy winter, and is now starting to blossom. The facility will include a large playland with a "parent
A cabinet, an ashtray, a cutting board ... these are the types of things students used to make in shop class. In Detroit Lakes, they build a house ...
Somebody once said, "There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." Staff at the Becker County Humane Society are hoping more people opt to get those loving licks, as they get ready for their Adoption Day and Brat Feed on Saturday, May 21. "Well, every day is adoption day for us," laughs Shelter Manager Casandra Disse.
Some Detroit Lakes teachers and other full-time employees will be seeing extra cash coming their way. The Detroit Lakes School Board voted to approve a two-year-long grievance settlement with its teachers' union, Education Minnesota. The grievance stems from a dispute over who should receive $243,000 worth of rebates given back to the school district from its health insurance handler, Lakes Country Cooperative.
A recent survey shows Detroit Lakes students are "just saying no" more often. The chemical health coordinator for the Detroit Lakes School District, Angie Horner, relayed what she calls some very positive survey results to the school board Monday. "We have decreased in every risky behavior across the board," Horner reports. Every three years, the Minnesota student survey asks sixth-, ninth- and twelfth-graders a variety of questions, and it's done in an anonymous way. "We have no way of tracking whose survey is whose -- that way we tend to get more valid, accurate results," said Horne
A Detroit Lakes native is making his mark on the nation's political stage. 1985 DL High School graduate Jeff Johnson is Minnesota's new Republican National Committeeman. "I will have two roles with this position," explains Johnson. "First, every state elects three of us to serve on the Republican National Committee, and our job is to help run the national party ...