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The entrepreneurial spirit is going strong in the Detroit Lakes area, even as the economy's "return" takes a turtle's pace. "This is something I've always wanted to do -- own my own business," said Melody Kruckenberg, who recently started her own Budget Blinds business in Detroit Lakes after 18 years working for a non-profit organization in Bismarck. "I just got to a point where I was sick of working for a board of directors and knew it was time -- it was now or never." Although she had worked her way up to executive director, Kruckenberg left good pay and security for a chance at someth
The Waubun-Ogema-White Earth School District is seeing a big change in leadership this summer. Brandon Lunak has officially taken over as the school's superintendent, while Frazee native Travis Nagel is the district's new elementary school principal. Previously, the two positions were combined into one, which Mitch Anderson held. Before leaving, Anderson recommended to the school board that the position be split up in order to better focus on school improvement initiatives. The board agreed, and Lunak and Nagel were hired with a July 1 starting date.
There's been a lot of trash-talking in Becker County lately -- and the news keeps recycling around town. You might have noticed the new, big, blue bins sitting where recycling sheds once were (and many still sit). Those are part of Becker County's efforts to step up its recycling program in what they say is already proving to be a very efficient manner. "It's going to save the county money in the long run, and so far we've heard that everybody just loves it," said Sandy Gunderson, recycling coordinator for Becker County. Gunderson doesn't refer to common waste generated in the county a
For 57 years, the people of Frazee have come together summer after summer for one reason -- Frazee Turkey Days. "This is a big one for us," said Dave Jopp, chairman of the event, "There are so many organizations around town participating and putting on events -- it really brings the community together." The weekend-long celebration begins Friday, July 29, but a "pre-event" on Monday, July 25, will see the crowning of the new Frazee Care Center King and Queen. The more "seasoned" royal couple get their crowns at the Frazee Care Center at 2:30 p.m. "It's really cool," said Jopp, "My mom
There once was a time when many thought travel agents needed to book themselves a one-way ticket to another career field. Internet sites like Hotwire, Expedia and Travelocity had soared in popularity amongst travelers looking to save a buck. Now, that trend could be yesterday's news, as a demand for travel agents seems to be taking off again. "Just over the past six months, sales in our retail division have increased by 25 to 28 percent," said Cheryl Chivers, manager of Travel Travel of Detroit Lakes. Chivers credits their long-awaited up-tick to unrest in certain parts of the world an
It's the question everyone is asking, 'Is it hot enough for ya?' Scorching temperatures in the lakes area are into the 90's with high humidity kicking in to form heat indexes into the 100's -- numbers most around here just aren't used tao. Air conditioning units are now a hot commodity as many local stores that typically sell them are fresh out. Menards is out, as is L&M Fleet and possibly D&D Repair & Appliance in Detroit Lakes. "We have one left," said D&D's Sales Manager, Chris Gravdahl, who says customers have pretty much been wiping them out since last week. "We can get a few UP
When recent Detroit Lakes High School graduate Patrick Link and his parents started investigating the best avenue to an engineering career, they couldn't have known they would soon be jump-starting a program that would be one for the school history books. "He's always been a builder," said Patrick Link's mother, Pat, "So in talking to an NDSU engineering professor about how to prepare for this, he suggested getting involved with a robotics team." The problem was, there wasn't one in Detroit Lakes. But when Link talked to his high school science teacher, he told him there had already been
Organizers of the 33rd annual Art in the Park are painting a pretty picture of this year's event. "Oh, it's going to be such a nice, relaxing, family-friendly event," said Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce President Carrie Johnston. "We take over the park and fill it with vendors, live music and food." Art in the Park is just that -- a place where local artists and crafters converge in one place to sell their masterpieces. Approximately 100 vendors will set up shop on Sunday, July 31, at the city park, from 9 a.m.
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