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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.
Not many real Minnesotans can turn down a good meatball. The Breakfast Rotary Club in Detroit Lakes is counting on this as they prepare for their annual Meatball Dinner Fund-raiser. Every year the Rotary hands the event's proceeds over to a non-profit organization in the area. This year they are providing food to the public in more ways than one because the club is giving money made to the Becker County Food Pantry. Rotary member Ryan Ritchie says one of the reasons they chose the Pantry is because they know in March any donation they give to the pantry is matched. "We know we sort o
They say sisters share childhood memories and grown-up dreams. This couldn't be more the case for Detroit Lakes woman Lisa Morgan and her sister, Shannon LeFebre. For years, they shared the dream of having children, and while Morgan saw that dream come true three times, LeFebre continued to struggle with infertility. "I miscarried twice in a previous marriage, and with my husband now, I think maybe the egg just wasn't attaching to my uterus or something," LeFebre said. But then, Morgan planted something else into her sister -- an idea that maybe she could carry her baby for her. "I t
Local elementary students are hitting the streets of Detroit Lakes, "actively" searching for a place to stay healthy. The physical education departments of both Rossman and Roosevelt received a grant for $5,000 from SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Program), a state-run program designed to help fight childhood obesity. Roosevelt Physical Education Teacher Kris Nelson said the school and the city formed committees a couple of years ago to address this issue, and applying for the grant was one action taken. Schools receiving the grant include Detroit Lakes, Perham, Breckenridge and Dilwo
A hard economy doesn't have to mean skipping prom, at least in this region. Detroit Lakes prom advisor, Shirley Holzgrove, is taking money out of the equation by holding two events this month, where students can either choose or trade in a prom formal. "If students don't think they won't be able to go to prom because of money reasons, they can go to their school counselor. The counselor will then give them tickets to the events.
Downtown Detroit Lakes is now home to an American buffet. Lakes Country Buffet, located on the corner of Washington Avenue and Willow Street, opened their doors to the hungry public Feb.
When Presidents' Day was celebrated Monday, many did it with a day off and reminders of great men who came before us. But when the sounds of celebration faded, one could faintly hear the sound of drums. These were the traditional Native American drums being played in a community that does not always feel quite as celebrated in mainstream America. The Ojibwa Indians on White Earth Reservation are hoping to change that, as they marked the first ever Chiefs' Day on Wednesday. Over 200 people filled the White Earth Community Center for a four-hour celebration of chiefs and ancestors. The