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What kind of rare plants and animals do we have living in our backyards? Right now, experts are just finishing up a statewide study, combing through each county one-by-one to find that out. It took crews with the Minnesota County Biological Survey roughly two years to meticulously study Becker County, but now it is one of the 81 of 87 counties that have a compilation of data on the results. Although the information has been available for about a year and a half and county commissioners have been presented with it, some of those commissioners, along with the Resource Stewardship Associati
It's been nearly four decades -- 39 years to be exact -- that the men and women of the Holy Rosary's Catholic Community have been rolling up their sleeves and rolling out the entertainment for the annual Parish Festival. "It's so fun to come out and meet and greet all the people you haven't seen all summer and just eat and play and visit," said Sue Braun, who co-chairs the event, along with Joe and Sandi Boyer. The Parish Festival is being held at the Kent Freeman Sports Arena on Sunday, Aug.
Keeping the most dangerous sex offenders off the streets of Becker County just became more of your problem. As part of the Minnesota budget deal, legislators slashed state spending on the Minnesota Sex Offender Program by sticking counties with more of the financial burden. The Minnesota Sex Offender Program is for offenders who have already completed their prison term, but are still deemed dangerous to society. Once they are civilly committed to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, it is indefinite, as are the costs. "We are obligated, by law to provide sex offender treatment," said Bo
When many think of a "gifted and talented" program, they think of the overachieving, brilliant little students who've been doing long division since kindergarten. It can seem exclusive and unavailable to the regular kid. In Detroit Lakes, however, the Gifted and Talented programs are exploding in popularity, and the result is a big crop of very enriched children of all learning levels. "We never, ever turn a student away," said Jennifer Smith, who heads up Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) at Rossman Elementary and the high school, along with her Roosevelt Elementary and middle school
The Minnesota Legislature has just sweetened the pot for high school students capable of graduating early. Starting in this year, high schoolers that push themselves, taking an accelerated path to graduation, will receive money for doing so. "How it worked before was when a student had enough credits to graduate early, the district continued to get aid on that student as if they were still there," said Detroit Lakes Superintendent Doug Froke, "Now, the state will withhold the money from the school district and instead give it to the graduated student to use at any higher education institut
We have a bunch of cry-babies in Becker County this year -- literally. Essentia Health St. Mary's has set a record for the largest number of births in one year for that hospital. Obstetrician Gynecologist Dr. Jim Christensen says from July of last year to the end of June this year, there were 568 new little bundles of joy delivered at St.
Residents of the Cormorant Village are pulling together to bring back an old tradition. For the first time in roughly 20 years (the time-frame is debatable amongst residents), the community is putting together Cormorant Daze for Saturday, Aug. 20. Tammy Odegaard and Tricia Maloney are co-chairs of the event after coming up with the idea last winter. "And everybody just ran with it," Odegaard said.
When five Norwegians came from Sparbu, Norway to the United States as part of a community choir trip, there was one place they all wanted to hit up. "Everybody wants to see what WE Fest is like," said Heidi Grosch, a Minnesota native who is now married to one of those Norwegians. With a relative living in Detroit Lakes, the plan worked out well. The crew descended upon the SooPass Ranch on Friday evening, not knowing what to expect. A tad bit of debate, some tight maneuvers and 15 minutes later, they found a parking spot. "You really have to work hard to be able to park here," said N
She's known around town as "The Glass Lady," with her striking glass art being showcased in places like the Holmes Theater, the Oak Crossing Chapel and the Fargo Public Library. Now Becky Mitchell is taking her talents to the next level. Mitchell has just opened her own studio in Lake Park at 403 Lake Avenue. "This is going to give me space to do some big projects," said Mitchell, who also teaches some glass art classes through the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center. An art grant provided by the state also allows her to go into 11 area schools to teach her glass art to young,
Roosevelt Elementary students have a new principal, and although Renee Kerzman has never taught in Detroit Lakes, she is no stranger around town either. Kerzman, her husband, John, and their three children have been living in Detroit Lakes since 2000. And while the three children have been in Detroit Lakes schools since then, (Carly, Jake and Tate are going into fourth, sixth and 10th grades, respectively, this year) Kerzman is just now making the transition from Laker fan to Laker leader. She officially accepted Roosevelt's principal position (left vacant by Jerry Hanson) at Monday morn