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Hope wasn't just the word being illuminated with candles at the Relay for Life Friday; it was the feeling. "Maybe the money we are raising right here, right now will be what it takes to find the cure, and maybe one day we won't have to hear the words anymore" said this year's co-chair of the event, Margorie Berg. "The words" are, of course, 'you have cancer' -- something statistics show 160 people in Becker County will hear this year. The same statistics show 66 of those people will die from the disease. But not if those in the relay have anything to say about it. The Relay for Life
When Minnesotans complain about the government shutdown affecting "the little people," they're right on. Some daycare children are being tossed out on their little diapered behinds as daycare assistance has come to a screeching halt. Where once families needing assistance received up to $107 per child, per week (depending on each family's required co-pay), there are now zero payments going out -- leaving struggling families fending for themselves or daycare providers working for free. Mandi Green is the director of the Bethlehem Lutheran Preschool and Daycare in Frazee. She says out of
Growing up, Matt Modrow always had a thing for old beauties. "I always loved classic cars," he said adding, "They're never the same old thing." But knowing what rattled his chain, Modrow learned standard auto repair. Knowing what really turned his crank, he also learned to tinker -- teaching himself the ins and outs of old automobiles along the way. Then the die-hard Ford man met Jennifer -- the daughter of a Chevy dealer. Sparks flew, and they joined the great American love affair with the automobile. They began their business, called Classics ...
There is officially a job opening for an elementary school principal at Roosevelt. The Detroit Lakes School Board voted to accept Jerry Hanson's resignation after 10 years on the job. Hanson took another principal position in Fargo -- a move he announced at the end of the school year. Hanson had originally asked for a three-year leave of absence from the district because he was close to getting full retirement in Minnesota. The board, however, denied that request, and reiterated its reasons during Monday morning's school board meeting. "I just don't think we want something like that
Soccer lovers will soon be getting a kick out of their new field in Detroit Lakes. "We've been working on making this happen for 10 years now," said David Carter, who spearheaded the soccer programs in Detroit Lakes. Fundraising, volunteering and a lot of "team work" have finally led to the association's goal: a new soccer field that will be considered a first class facility. Carter says Field 5 of the Rotary Soccer Fields behind M-State was completely ripped up for the project. Torrential rains during original seeding had caused a lot of valleys and hills throughout the field -- a pro
When Brook and Keiko Chelmo finally received visas to move their family back from Japan, they thought life would get easier -- and safer for their 19-month-old daughter, Aria. In some regards, they're right. They've faced no threats of earthquakes, tsunamis or power plant explosions like they did in their Japanese home this past spring. What they have faced in the past month since living in Detroit Lakes, is a desperate 911 call, a life-flight to Fargo and some very dangerous medical red tape. "We've been so stressed it's been tough to sleep," said Brook Chelmo.
Often times grandparents want their loved ones to settle down and behave. Not at Oak Crossing -- they're hoping you're ready to party. "We are having our 19th annual Party in the Park," said Ruth Renier, who works with the Family Council of Oak Crossing. The group is made up of volunteers whose main goal is to help "spice things up" for nursing home residents by providing things that brighten their day. "They get the necessities at the nursing home, but days can be long and they need to have a little fun," Renier said. The Family Council does this by throwing their ever-popular "Part
On Highway 34 seven miles east of Detroit Lakes, a quaint log building captures the attention of drivers with its bright, white "Antiques" sign. Pulling over for this often unplanned stop, curious shoppers walk into the store, which instantly gives them a whiff of history. "I had a kid come in and say, 'This place smells like my Grandma's attic'," laughs Fritz Zirbel. Zirbel is the owner of Northbound Trading Co., an antique store he single-handedly created five years ago. Zirbel makes his real living as a residential homebuilder, but spends his summer weekends with his real passion --
The Detroit Lakes man who drowned while swimming off a pontoon on Long Lake Sunday has been identified. Authorities say 47 year old Barry Ellegaard was found in 34 feet of water this morning. Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon says Ellegaard was apparently struck by the propeller after inadvertently leaving the motor in gear prior to jumping off the bow of the pontoon to swim. Ellegaard's body was found this morning at around 9:40. Divers used specialized sonor to locate the body after running up against low-light conditions Sunday night and Monday.
Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon says they have found the body of a man who drowned on Long Lake Sunday. Gordon says they found the victim, who is believed to be a Detroit Lakes man in his 40's, in the "target zone" of where they originally believed him to be. Gordon says they found the man in about 34 feet of water. Low visibility due to deep, dark conditions hampered the search yesterday. Ten divers with specialized equipment have been rotating one-hour shifts yesterday and this morning.