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Real Estate brokers and agents Maureen Engel and Lynette Conmy were selling up a storm working for Jack Chivers Realty in Detroit Lakes. "Between the two of us we did $23 million (in sales) last year," said Engel, who worked for Chivers for seven years, along with Conmy for five. Despite a tough economy, the top-earning agents were at the top of their game. But in the fourth quarter of that game, they decided they wanted to start calling the shots. Together, the brokers broke off from the large, successful Jack Chivers Company to start one of their own. "It's called 'The Real Estate
When the Holy Rosary community remodeled their 1916 school building four years ago, they probably didn't expect they'd be having their Grand Open House this year.
Certified Physician's Assistant Sue Ivankovich has seen it all working in Essential Health's Urgent Care -- vomiting, stools, burping, coughing, grunting, fevers ...
A Pelican Rapids couple hopes to give peace, comradery and healing to the area's disabled military veterans by opening up their house to them -- their fish house. "Larry built this fish house from scratch," said Cathy Villella, who is working with her husband, Larry Villella, to provide disabled vets a free place to ice fish. Area businesses donated some of the materials or provided them at cost to construct the five-hole, 10- by 12-foot fish house, which sits on Franklin Lake, about six miles north of Pelican Rapids. The Villellas opened it up at the beginning of this month, and say th
Research Specialist Don Carey is an NDSU entomologist, "but most people call me 'The Bug Man,'" said Carey. Wednesday the Bug Man was in Detroit Lakes using every gross, nasty, hair-raising, stomach-turning insect he could think of to get kids at Roosevelt Elementary to think he's cool. It worked. "The kids think he's awesome," said Fourth Grade Teacher Karilee Traurig. "They came back so excited about bugs and science in general ...
The popcorn is popping; the soda is flowing, and Cinema 5 in Detroit Lakes is back in full swing after a December cliffhanger. The city's only movie theater closed briefly last month after the previous owners were evicted for failing to pay rent since July. But new owners, Cinemagic, took over and had it re-opened in only a week -- just in time for the holiday rush. Since then, the scene has changed at Cinema 5. "We're happy," said Mara Avila, who was re-hired as the manager of the theater, "I didn't always have somebody backing me with the previous ownership, and now I do.
It's hard to find very many people in the Detroit Lakes area who don't have some sort of connection to Emmanuel Community, whether it be a loved one who lives there or a loved one who works there. That could be why the Emmanuel Foundation Charity Benefit (whose parent company is Ecumen) continues to be so warmly supported year after year -- attendees know it's for the grandmas and grandpas who mean the world. "It's for a good cause, to help take care of our aging population and give them what they deserve and help them to stay healthy and well," said Sandy Lia, who is planning the fundrais
It's likely that if Detroit Lakes graduate Jay Quam were to attend an all- school reunion, he'd impress a few people. "I am now a district court judge in Hennepin County," said Quam, who is a 1980 Laker alum. He'd maybe even be sitting at the very head of the cool kids table, if it weren't for Paul Benshoof, Peter Irvine, Erik Askegaard and Joe Evans -- the other four Detroit Lakes graduates who could easily steal at least some of his judicial thunder. All five are not only making names for themselves, but also putting Detroit Lakes on the map for being a bit of a legal powerhouse. "I
When Kevin Olson started up Big Rok Angus with his family about five miles northwest of Detroit Lakes, he knew there'd be some risk involved. "In this industry, diseases are always a concern," said Olson, "You're always one day away from something happening that could interfere with your ability to raise cattle." So when a cattle rancher from up in northwestern Minnesota found out one of his animals had bovine tuberculosis, it sent shock waves throughout the state. Word of the disease spread like wildfire, and the Minnesota market was quickly closed. Fifty-eight herds were destroyed, a
One down, five to go. The Detroit Lakes School Board approved a new contract agreement Monday night with one of the six employee groups whose contracts are up for negotiation. The Detroit Lakes Principal's Association settled on the district's offer of a two-year, 3.3 percent increase, which Superintendent Doug Froke says is "largely based on a stipend mode of compensation, as apposed to increasing the salary schedule." School Board Chairman Dr.