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School may have been out for the summer, but the halls have not been totally quiet. The Detroit Lakes School Board recently took a tour of all four public school buildings to see what kind of summer projects have been accomplished. "We're doing this so that we know what we're doing with our funding and that we're taking care of our staff and students," said the school board's vice chair, Dr. Tom Seaworth.
When Dean Leitheiser of rural Detroit Lakes signed up to get propane service with Ferrellgas, L.P.
Driving on Highway 34 from Detroit Lakes to Park Rapids, there is a little village called Snellman. Look down for a second to change the station on the radio and you could miss it. It has two stores -- one is temporarily closed. "We don't have a lot of real estate here," laughed Aune Longfors, owner of the open business, Aune's Kauppala (which means 'retail store' in Finnish), "I think there are maybe two or three permanent residents here." But this quiet, charming little community, which Longfors says is rich in Finnish culture, will soon be bustling, at least for a day, as they prep
You might have seen him -- the man in red who has been standing all day long, propping up a red cross around Detroit Lakes. Who is he and what is his deal? His name is Obadiah Franklin, and he is a preacher from West Virginia -- complete with a southern drawl. Franklin is in Detroit Lakes, an invited guest of the Christian Retreat at Strawberry Lake. He isn't speaking at the retreat until Sunday morning, but he will be preaching in Detroit Lakes all week without saying a word. Franklin says he heard the Lord speak to him eight years ago. "He said, 'Obadiah, you're not as important
To listen to the national news, you'd swear the sky was falling.
The Waubun-Ogema School District is scrambling to try to fill an open teaching position before school starts, and time is of the essence. That's because this part-time position has a lot riding on it -- $1.4 million, to be exact. That is how much the school district is receiving over the next three years in the form of a School Improvement Grant (SIG) after being targeted as a district needing an academic 'turnaround.' With the money comes a list of stipulations, and one of them is that the school provides an extended school day. Waubun does this by hiring a high school teacher to be a
What kind of rare plants and animals do we have living in our backyards? Right now, experts are just finishing up a statewide study, combing through each county one-by-one to find that out. It took crews with the Minnesota County Biological Survey roughly two years to meticulously study Becker County, but now it is one of the 81 of 87 counties that have a compilation of data on the results. Although the information has been available for about a year and a half and county commissioners have been presented with it, some of those commissioners, along with the Resource Stewardship Associati
It's been nearly four decades -- 39 years to be exact -- that the men and women of the Holy Rosary's Catholic Community have been rolling up their sleeves and rolling out the entertainment for the annual Parish Festival. "It's so fun to come out and meet and greet all the people you haven't seen all summer and just eat and play and visit," said Sue Braun, who co-chairs the event, along with Joe and Sandi Boyer. The Parish Festival is being held at the Kent Freeman Sports Arena on Sunday, Aug.
Keeping the most dangerous sex offenders off the streets of Becker County just became more of your problem. As part of the Minnesota budget deal, legislators slashed state spending on the Minnesota Sex Offender Program by sticking counties with more of the financial burden. The Minnesota Sex Offender Program is for offenders who have already completed their prison term, but are still deemed dangerous to society. Once they are civilly committed to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, it is indefinite, as are the costs. "We are obligated, by law to provide sex offender treatment," said Bo
When many think of a "gifted and talented" program, they think of the overachieving, brilliant little students who've been doing long division since kindergarten. It can seem exclusive and unavailable to the regular kid. In Detroit Lakes, however, the Gifted and Talented programs are exploding in popularity, and the result is a big crop of very enriched children of all learning levels. "We never, ever turn a student away," said Jennifer Smith, who heads up Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) at Rossman Elementary and the high school, along with her Roosevelt Elementary and middle school