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White Earth Reservation is the largest Indian Reservation in Minnesota, with a section of its 1,093 square miles lying in Becker County. Home to the White Earth Nation, the Anishinaabe people continue fighting to keep their deep cultural roots intact while moving into a fast-paced, technology driven world. This sometimes proves to be a tough "fancy dance" to master, as today's Native American youth engage the world around them. Unfortunately, for some on the Reservation, that world can also include struggles with poverty, academic achievement gaps, domestic violence and substance abuse p
Minnesota could be seeing an earlier start to the big fishing season this year. "This is it -- this is the start of the madness," said Chris Denardo, as he helps his crew from J&K Marine prepare the docks and lifts on Little Detroit. The crew is out much earlier this year because of a record-breaking early ice out, and the jump start could be a necessary one for them, as some legislators are pushing for the walleye opener to be pulled back one week early. The big day is currently set for May 12, but if the house-approved proposal also passes the senate and the governor, it would be moved
The Detroit Lakes QWERTY robotics team is back in town after the Minnesota State Northstar regional FIRST competition at the U of M (FIRST meaning "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology"), and despite the fact that they did not go on to nationals like they did last year, they say it was incredible year. The team, which designed a robot to compete in a basketball game, received recognition for Best Named Bot ("The Tank") and Best Designed Bot. Despite the team nearly tripling in size since last year's state championship, bigger and better didn't translate into a win this
Nearly everybody has at least one book in their lives that has changed or deeply affected them in one way or another. For 13 Detroit Lakes eighth graders, those changes were not only articulated in letters they wrote to the authors of those books, but now they're being recognized on the state level. Letters About Literature is a national competition that Detroit Lakes eighth-graders have been competing in for three years now. "It's a contest where they write letters to an author of a book that's had an impact in their lives," said Middle School Language Arts Teacher Pam Daly, who says ou
There's just something about a church carnival that can bring people in from all over a community. Folks at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee are hoping that's once again the case as they prepare for their ninth annual Family Carnival on Saturday, April 14. The event goes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Becker County Sheriff's Office and the Becker County Environmental Office are teaming up to tackle two problems with one solution. A pharmaceutical receptacle now sits in the sheriff's department as a way for citizens to safely dispose of their unused prescription, over-the-counter and narcotic medications. The drop off box is in a locked room at the sheriff's department, but it's available seven days a week, 24-hours a day and is free to the public. "It's built the same way as a night depository at a bank," said Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon.
Growing up in Detroit Lakes, Chris Allen remembers occasionally getting to go to Godfather's Pizza. "It was a big deal -- I sat right up there on the balcony," he said, pointing up where old woodwork within the historic Graystone building splits the top and bottom level of the pizza shop. Godfather's has been a pepperoni-topped icon since the early 1980s, proving itself a cheesy mainstay of Detroit Lakes throughout the years. But now, Chris Allen (a 1990 DL graduate) is all grown up and is once again hanging around Godfather's. That's because the entrepreneur now owns the place, along
Two people were injured in an accident on Highway 34 and County Road 25, about two miles east of Detroit Lakes Friday afternoon. According to the Minnesota Highway Patrol, 81-year-old Alden Tyge of Detroit Lakes was traveling eastbound on Highway 34 at around 2 p.m.
The local economy is showing signs of strengthening -- that was the message at the Economic Development Summit in Detroit Lakes Thursday. The event, which was held at M State, was a chance for local business and program leaders to gather for networking and to hear about the latest projects happening in the region. Bill Blazer, senior vice president of public affairs and business development for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, told the crowd of nearly 100, that while the economy is still "shaky," it's better than it was last year when it was "uncertain." "The good news for this region
It's almost time to start clowning around again --the Jose Cole Circus is right around the corner. The event is set for Monday, April 9 at the Kent Freeman Sports Arena with one 7 p.m. show. Like it has been since 1983, the Jose Cole Circus is being sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, council 3166, which includes members from Detroit Lakes, Callaway, Lake Park and St.