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Serenity Salon of Detroit Lakes has moved across town, and according to owner Karla Schultz, it's been enough to make her want to cry. "It does," said a smiling Schultz, "that's how great this move has been for us -- it's been amazing!" Whereas before the salon sat in a small space next to Video Action along Highway 10 on the east side of Detroit Lakes, it's now nestled into a space in the Accel Realty building in the middle of town, which is three times as large. "We just exploded," said Schultz excitedly, "We were able to move toward becoming more of a medi-spa, which is something I re
Since its inception last spring, the program for Patriot Assistance Dogs in Becker County has continued to grow. Word got out and demand for the diligent dogs continues to mount, which means so do the bills that come with training them. The cost of training one of these service dogs averages out to roughly $15,000 between medical expenses, training, boarding and licensing fees. Because the PAD program provides the dogs to military veterans for free, program coordinators are now doing their best to "fetch" some serious community support. There will be a fundraiser at the Holiday Inn in
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but when they are carefully crafted and stuffed full of wisdom, they are worth so much more. Literally. "So far we have been able to give $1,000 to the Crisis Center in Detroit Lakes," said Jim Jasken. The retired teacher and author who lives on Big Sugar Bush Lake is using his power of the pen to help local charities. Jasken's book, entitled "Kayaking a Moonbeam" is a collection of poetry, short stories and essays he has written over the years. "I chose the title because there may be nothing more calming than kayaking at n
Right now there are several local fathers, mothers, sons, daughters and friends fighting in the war against terror. Since spring, Minnesota National Guard members from Becker County have been in Afghanistan for a NATO training mission or as part of the 1st brigade combat team of the 34th infantry division in Kuwait. Those heroes may be temporarily gone from our community, but they are not forgotten. Employees at the Detroit Lakes AmericInn are doing their part to make sure of that. "We've been busy going around to different businesses in the area collecting donations for care packages,
Lake Park-Audubon fourth-grader Nick Rivers jumped up and down with a weighted backpack strapped to his back Monday morning. "Uh, this is tiring," he said, smiling and hopping away. Nick was getting a little taste of what it might feel like to be a smoker. "They jump first without a backpack, and then they jump with the heavy backpack on to see what it feels like to have less lung capacity and how tired they get," said nursing student Danielle Aldrich. Aldrich was one of 15 volunteer nursing students from MSCTC in Detroit Lakes who put together a health fair at the elementary school in
Ben Grimsley sits in his office in downtown Detroit Lakes, doing his best to give out economic advice that is worth its weight in gold. The 2004 Detroit Lakes grad turned financial advisor may be on the 'fresh' side, but he's not exactly 'green' when it comes to money matters. In fact, you could say it's in his blood. "My grandfather owned this building," said Grimsley, referring to the current ERA Northland Realty building on the corner of Washington Avenue and Holmes Street where his office is located. Grimsley's grandfather, Paul Schiller, started Schiller Insurance around 1951 in t
One Minnesota man is taking his fight against invasive species all the way to the ends of the earth. Nathan Christensen of Cottage Grove, Minn., who has also worked at Camp Cormorant outside of Detroit Lakes for the past four years, is headed to Antarctica next month. "I believe it's the most beautiful place on earth," said Christenson. He knows firsthand too, as this will be the 22-year-old's second trip there. "I went there for about three weeks in December of 2009," Christensen said. As a mathematics and international studies student, he knew he wanted to study abroad. "So sort
It's the time of year when goosebumps can rise just as quickly as the dead -- or so they say. Oct. 31 is just around the creepy corner, and with it comes the imagination of some Halloween-loving homeowners. Heed the warning: Do NOT walk into the yard on 412 Curry Avenue in Detroit Lakes. If you choose not to listen, well, it's your funeral...
"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck" -- Emma Goldman, political activist and writer. Goldman maybe doesn't speak for all women, but her love for meaningful roses is shared by so many women. "I think so many ladies love getting them because there's such a great deal of significance behind them," said Sue Braun of the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary.
Walking through the door of 'A Place to Belong,' you hear a charming bell from the door. Halloween decorations greet you, along with an electric fireplace and a table full of people just 'hanging out.' Today, a handful of members are playing cards while one plays a hunting game on Wii. If you didn't know what the 'place' was for, it'd be hard to guess. "A Place to Belong is a social club for people with serious mental illness," said the club's executive director, Sue Wilken. "Our mission statement is to provide a safe and supportive environment for people to work on their mental heal