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We have a bunch of cry-babies in Becker County this year -- literally. Essentia Health St. Mary's has set a record for the largest number of births in one year for that hospital. Obstetrician Gynecologist Dr. Jim Christensen says from July of last year to the end of June this year, there were 568 new little bundles of joy delivered at St.
Residents of the Cormorant Village are pulling together to bring back an old tradition. For the first time in roughly 20 years (the time-frame is debatable amongst residents), the community is putting together Cormorant Daze for Saturday, Aug. 20. Tammy Odegaard and Tricia Maloney are co-chairs of the event after coming up with the idea last winter. "And everybody just ran with it," Odegaard said.
When five Norwegians came from Sparbu, Norway to the United States as part of a community choir trip, there was one place they all wanted to hit up. "Everybody wants to see what WE Fest is like," said Heidi Grosch, a Minnesota native who is now married to one of those Norwegians. With a relative living in Detroit Lakes, the plan worked out well. The crew descended upon the SooPass Ranch on Friday evening, not knowing what to expect. A tad bit of debate, some tight maneuvers and 15 minutes later, they found a parking spot. "You really have to work hard to be able to park here," said N
She's known around town as "The Glass Lady," with her striking glass art being showcased in places like the Holmes Theater, the Oak Crossing Chapel and the Fargo Public Library. Now Becky Mitchell is taking her talents to the next level. Mitchell has just opened her own studio in Lake Park at 403 Lake Avenue. "This is going to give me space to do some big projects," said Mitchell, who also teaches some glass art classes through the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center. An art grant provided by the state also allows her to go into 11 area schools to teach her glass art to young,
Roosevelt Elementary students have a new principal, and although Renee Kerzman has never taught in Detroit Lakes, she is no stranger around town either. Kerzman, her husband, John, and their three children have been living in Detroit Lakes since 2000. And while the three children have been in Detroit Lakes schools since then, (Carly, Jake and Tate are going into fourth, sixth and 10th grades, respectively, this year) Kerzman is just now making the transition from Laker fan to Laker leader. She officially accepted Roosevelt's principal position (left vacant by Jerry Hanson) at Monday morn
Why do treaties matter? A new traveling exhibition being unveiled in White Earth is not only explaining the answer to that question, but also showing the answer. Twenty large, freestanding banners now line the halls of the White Earth Tribal Headquarters Building, each displaying portraits and stories of historical treaties and where they stand today. The display, which will eventually travel all over Minnesota, is open to the public, and is intended to serve as an educational tool. The Minnesota Humanities Center, the Smithsonian and the Indian Affairs Council collaborated on the proj
Ben Walther is a hard-core WE Fester -- going up and down the campgrounds at 4 a.m. He is looking for trouble, and he'll be the first to tell you that. That's because he is part of the Chaplains Program -- a volunteer organization that is growing at WE Fest. Walther says he knows some people think ministers and church leaders don't belong in a WeFest campground at 4 a.m. He thinks that's exactly where he should be. "I see all these young girls who get separated from their groups," Walther says, tooling around on a go-cart. "They're lost and there they are...
David and Michelle Bellefeuille were friends and co-workers growing up in the Detroit Lakes-Frazee area. She was 15, he was 16. "We both worked at the old Evan's Grocery Store in DL," said David Bellefeuille, as his wife added, "Yeah, I was a cashier and he was a bag boy," she laughed with an expression that suggested it was a million years ago. It was actually more like 23 years ago. But after he graduated from high school, David's buddy suggested they join the Navy. "So I did," he said, simple as that. But during his first Christmas leave home, his friendship with Michelle took a
How do you take an idea and pound it into a young person's brain? According to mental health experts, you give them some drumsticks and let them do it themselves. Educators, health experts and child advocates are teaming up for the 11th annual Communities Collaborative Brain Development Conference in Mahnomen -- the largest conference of its kind in the Midwest. Their goal is to provide cutting edge ideas designed to help bring out the very best in a child -- starting with their brains. This year, the White Earth Child Care Program, along with several other regional agencies that mak
War has a way of leaving soldiers fighting a battle within themselves long after they are home safe. "When I left Iraq I had a lot of aggression issues," said retired Marine Geoffrey Zehnacker, who worked did three tours in Iraq in a patrol that searched for mines and set off improvised explosive devises (IED's). The ones they found on purpose they set off at a distance. The ones they found by accident could be deadly. "One went off five feet from me, and it gave me a concussion," said Zehnacker. Not realizing he had a concussion, Zehnacker continued his duty, but with every new expl