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Walking into the Becker County Maximum-Security Jail, an everyday citizen might first view the scene in black and white (with splashes of orange from the inmates' jumpsuits). There are the good guys with the badges and guns and the bad guys in their cells. But with a closer look, the scene can quickly come to life with color as stories are told and inmates become more than their orange jumpsuit, but people with families; people with dreams. And although some may be undeserving of them by society's standards, others just may turn their time in the "clink" into the brink of new beginnings.
Heart disease isn't just for people over 60. It isn't just for the overweight or the overstressed or the over-drinkers.
George and Becky Johnson have now made their mark on a prominent corner in Detroit Lakes. The Frazee area couple officially opened George & Becky's Corner Café at 1201 Washington Avenue April 3. If the name sounds familiar, that's because the long time husband and wife had what was called George & Becky's Corner Bar in Frazee for two and a half years. "But our lease was up in that building there, and we decided to close it up and pursue this -- this is my dream," said Becky Johnson, looking around the simple, but quaint café that smelled of homemade pies.
Growing up a boy scout, Shannon Deltener of Hawley liked to always be prepared. Now, the Hawley man is taking that mentality into adulthood and into the e-commerce industry. Deltener has recently launched a website to sell Crisis Cuisine -- an array of prepared food packaged up and ready for some very long-term storage. "Most of our food lasts somewhere between 15 to 25 years," he said, holding a bag of chicken cheddar rice that says 'best if used by 02 Feb 27'. The idea behind Crisis Cuisine is to purchase it and then stick it away for an emergency situation, whether it be a natural o
Becker County residents came through with shining colors in an effort to plump up the Becker County Food Pantry. Donations poured in last month, as many took advantage of a private program called Hunger Solutions that partially matches donations made in March. "We not only met our goal, but we exceeded it a little bit," said Becker County Food Pantry Director Jack Berenz, who says the magic number they were hoping to see was 100,000, which is attained through the number of dollars donated and the pounds of food collected. "And we actually saw 106,00 this year, and that was the second bes
The rally at M State Thursday night may have technically began at 6 p.m., but it really began a few years back with one incident, one child, and her one decision to take back the power she says was stolen from her. Frazee student Ellie Bachmann may be small in stature, but she is proving to be bigger than the sexual abuse she says she suffered as a child. "I never thought I'd be publicly standing in front of a group of people telling my story -- my story of being inappropriately touched by a close relative of mine after keeping the secret for so long," Ellie said to the crowd that had gath
The event is being held Saturday, April 28 at the Cormorant Lakes Sportsman's Club just south of Audubon. Those interested in mingling with Friends can purchase tickets for $25 each. Tickets include a catered meal of either chicken or stuffed pork tenderloin with sides such as vegetables and dessert. Entertainment this year will be noted wildlife photographer Roland Jordahl from Park Rapids who will be putting on a wildlife slideshow. There will also be a silent auction, meat raffle and door prizes. Money raised during the group's one and only yearly fundraiser will go to complete th
O'Reilly Auto Parts is the first business in the new Downtown Crossing to swing open its doors. The corporate company famous for its large inventory of everything auto (making it the third largest auto retailer in the U.S.) officially opened March 31 -- two months ahead of schedule. "It was just a little creative planning," said store manager and Detroit Lakes native Jimmy Medrano, who added that it only took about two weeks for them to do up the inside after receiving the keys from the developers. The 12-person crew running the Detroit Lakes location trained at the Moorhead store during
The files in Becker County District Court would bring tears to your eyes: A 1½-year-old Waubun girl -- picked up by the hair, thrown on the bed and hit in the face.
When anglers have an eye for the walleye, they often head to the heart of lakes country. And although the region is famous for its plethora of the shiny-eyed catch, it's hardly by accident. The Minnesota DNR gives Mother Nature a big shove in the right direction every spring with what they call "The Walleye Run," and right now it's go-time. "The walleyes' ideal temperature to start spawning is around 30 to 44 degrees," said DNR Fisheries Expert Jim Walthers, "and their natural instinct is to start moving upstream, so what we're doing is blocking this area off with nets at night because t