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Becker County employees recently rolled up their sleeves for some serious spring cleaning, and the result was a huge weight lifted off them. Tons of weight, to be exact. After their May afternoon of going through and cleaning out county offices, a recent report filed by County Administrator Tom Mortenson is astounding. Not all of the county departments were able to participate in the cleanup day, but the ones that did, produced about three tons of paper, three tons of metal, two dumpsters full of obsolete electronics and 28 file cabinets -- all of which will either be recycled or re-used
People from all over don't make Detroit Lakes their Fourth of July destination for no reason. In fact, there are many reasons. Restaurants with music Walking up and down the Detroit Lakes beach over the Independence Day holiday is nothing short of festive, as most local bars and restaurants add to the ambiance with live music. "This is something that really livens up the atmosphere and adds to the fun," said Chamber President Carrie Johnston. "I know Lakeside, Zorbas, the Bridge, Holiday Inn ... all those places have live music.
Detroit Lakes police are puzzled over reports of flag-snatching in town. "I think we've reached a new low," said Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena. On Sunday, two residents living a block apart on Sherman Street by the high school, reported their flags being stolen off from their yards. "At around 10 or 11 the night before, I heard a big bang, but I just thought it was the storm coming," said Jason Solmon, who said he had an American flag, a Minnesota flag and an Army National Guard flag swiped from his flagpole -- nothing else. Solmon says the same thing happened to him last Novemb
John Madsen knows all too well the nasty effects invasive species can have on lakes -- it's what the Mississippi State University researcher does for a living. That's why the Pelican River Watershed District contracted his services, along with a researcher from Concordia College in Moorhead and a representative from the Army Corps of Engineers. The crew was in town last week to find out more about aquatic invasive species in the lakes region. A big part of their study, which began last summer, is happening on Detroit Lake, where flowering rush is growing like wildfire. Madsen, who is w
Nobody ever says that just because you build your dreams with your own two hands, it will flourish. Nobody predicts with certainty that if you put your blood, sweat and tears into your work, it will literally pay off. And nobody can promise that making the world a better, more fun place to be will make you more money.
School board members are entertaining the idea of encouraging a "cultural shift" in local health habits. Karen Nitzkorski and Julie Skow of PartnerSHIP for health presented a first reading on revisions for the district's wellness-nutrition policy. Suggested changes to the "action plan" include having recess before lunch instead of after, doing more marketing and health promotion through the food service program and prohibiting food as rewards or at school celebrations. "We have experience with some schools around the region that have gone to no-food celebrations, and they've done more ph
They say you don't know what you've got until it's gone, and some area lakes organizations are afraid local residents could soon be singing that old tune, as aquatic invasive species continue their rapid spread into local waters. "These lakes are our livelihood that keep us financially alive because of summertime business," said Vice President of the Becker County Coalition of Lakes Associations Terry Kalil.
Autism and its puzzling explosion has been baffling the best and the brightest doctors for years. Luckily, they've got the young and ambitious on their side. Rob Cox, 27, is rallying locals for the city's first ever "Detroit Lakes Walk Now for Autism." The special ed teacher worked with autistic children in a West Des Moines elementary school, but when he moved to Detroit Lakes to do the same thing at Rossman Elementary two years ago, he was a little surprised. "I had 24 kids on my caseload, but the public awareness wasn't where I thought it'd be," said Cox. So, he's changing that.
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The Detroit Lakes School Board voted unanimously (with Tom Klyve being absent) to deny outgoing Roosevelt Elementary Principal Jerry Hanson his request for a leave of absence. The 55-year-old Hanson, who took a job as a principal in Fargo, would have been eligible for full retirement in Minnesota next year. School Board Vice Chair Dr.