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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.
The Detroit Lakes community is buzzing with half excitement, half anxiety, as there is speculation this could be one of the most explosive Fourth of July weekends in Detroit Lakes in several years. The conditions are right for increased activity -- the weather is hot, the weekend is long, and Minnesota has, so far, been deprived of any real, beach-like weather. Add to that a state shutdown, which city officials say will likely disperse campers from state parks into area campgrounds. Another factor is the new High Plains Festival. Officials there say the weekend-long bluegrass music fes
A charming, big city trend is riding into Detroit Lakes.
At Kamp KACE (that's pronounced like Casey), you can find kids of all ages running, jumping, swimming, fishing and singing. At first glance, you'd swear it was like any other summer camp. "My favorite part is fishing," said 4-year old Evan, "I already got a big one." It's complete with big fish stories. A closer look, however, shows something deeper. Something sadder. Something happier.
When one of Karen and Chris Heinz's first customers gave them a 59-cent tip, it meant something. The 59'er is back. The new owners tried to have a soft opening two weekends ago, but it ended up being harder than anticipated. "We didn't advertise; we didn't tell anyone -- and we got bombarded," said Karen Heinz, as her husband, Chris, added, "If there was something that could have gone wrong, it did," he laughed, "We ran out of eggs, the fire department came out because the alarm went off and we didn't know how to shut it off..." The Heinzes say their customers were all very patient, as
Kurt and Andrea Jacobson are one of those couples that live the good life. They have three grown children and grandchildren who they're close to, good jobs in Detroit Lakes, a strong faith and they live in a beautiful house that snuggles up to the Tamarac Wildlife Refuge. One might say that for the Jacobson's, life is sweet; but now, it's getting sweeter ...