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A Detroit Lakes native teaching English in Japan is in survival mode, trying to get his family out of the devastated country after it was rocked by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, tsunami, and now three nuclear plant explosions. 32-year-old Brook Chelmo, his Japanese wife, Keiko and their 14-month-old daughter, Aria, live in the Japanese town of Takrarazuka-shi, which is about eight hours southwest of the earthquake's epicenter. In a Facebook interview, Chelmo told a reporter from this newspaper that when his wife texted him the message "BIG EARTHQUAKE!!!" he basically prepared his mind
When Assistant Becker County Attorney Tammy Merkins successfully prosecuted a deadly drinking and driving accident last year, she didn't expect an award for it. That is exactly what she got, though, as MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) handed her the Greater Minnesota Prosecutor Award on March 9. The award recognized a particular case tried by Merkins, in which four people were killed and two seriously injured in an accident near Pine Point in July of 2009. Merkins argued the February trial, which ultimately found Chad Stewart of Detroit Lakes guilty on all six felony counts. He is
March can sometimes bring a lull in community action as we hit an "in-between" time for sports. This is why some area organizations choose now to blow up some balloons and fire up their family fundraisers. The Rossman Elementary PTO is holding their 3rd annual Carnival fundraiser on Saturday, March 19th in the school gym. Ann Marie Lacher, Rossman PTO President, says this is by far their most successful fundraiser of the year. "We started holding a Carnival instead of having the kids sell things out of catalogues.
Domestic violence and sexual assaults have been a proverbial slap in the face for tribal members on the White Earth Reservation for generations. Now, advocates fighting the problem are seeing a light at the end of a very dark, scary tunnel. Workers with DOVE (a White Earth program serving abuse victims) and the White Earth Housing Department are nearing completion of the reservation's very first women's shelter. "It's something we've needed here for a very long time; we've been dreaming about it for years," said Shelter Coordinator Loretta Gjerde. The $1 million, 9,000-square-foot she
"Big success starts small." That's the mantra Mary Rotter will go by when she opens up the very first Prep Preschool in Detroit Lakes. Rotter is a graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, and has been a kindergarten teacher and reading specialist for the past 10 years in St.
Calling all "Rocky" fans... Detroit Lakes is now home to a strongman gym that's enough to make you call out for "Adrian." "Big John" just busted open the doors to his new training facility on March 1. You will not see a brand new, high-tech, state of the art facility with saunas and Jacuzzis. Big John's is a hard-core, no-pampering-here, go-cry-somewhere-else, kind of place.
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Looking for a glance into the future? Try spending some time with the Detroit Lakes High School Robotics team, a.k.a, QWERTY Robotics. The 11 students and their adult mentors are literally gearing up for competition, only a few weeks away. The team just finished and "bagged up" their main robot, which they built from scratch. They'll be taking their creation to what is called a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition at the University of Minnesota, where their robot will compete against robots made by 125 other high school teams. Lead mentor and
Fiction became reality for kindergartners at Roosevelt Elementary recently. Teachers followed up on their lesson of a 1973 Robert Welber book called Winter Picnic with a cool blast of their own. Approximately 60 5 and 6 year olds braved the 14-degree, windy conditions Friday for a real winter picnic on school grounds. "We made them peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and chips, just like the little boy did in the book," said Kindergarten teacher Irene Skaaland. After using their sleds to "dine in," the squirrelly students hit the big hill by the school for some sledding and sliding. "
Dozens of elementary school students from Naytahwaush Community Charter School stood proudly on stage singing the Star Spangled Banner Thursday, probably not fully understanding why the 2011 State of the Nation address was dedicated to them. White Earth Chairwoman Erma Vizenor made education a top priority as she spoke to hundreds of Native Americans and community leaders at the Shooting Star Casino Hotel and Event Center.