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Red and white balloons and pompoms splashed spirit around the pavilion Thursday night as the Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and banquet to "cheer the chamber" and its local businesses. Almost 200 people showed up for the one and only yearly meeting for an evening of socializing and awards. "We get to have fun and celebrate the things we've done and honor those that have worked so hard to make not only the Chamber work, but the city and the whole region -- to just cheer on all the businesses," said Chamber President Carrie Johnston. A slew of awards were handed out to area pr
Life can change in a heartbeat...that is something Luanna Lake found out instantly after giving birth to her son, Brady, in Detroit Lakes. "The nurses took him and kept doing something with him, so I told my husband to go see what was going on," said Lake. What was going on was no matter how much the nurses rubbed Brady's little feet, they wouldn't pink-up. A short time later came a chilling suggestion. "They thought I should get him baptized right there in the room," Lake said. So they did. The next thing Lake knew, the doctors were rushing Brady to Fargo where they pumped oxygen
A resurfacing project will be taking highway 10 between Detroit Lakes and Hawley down to one lane starting Wednesday. Going toward Hawley will be normal, coming back on the eastbound lanes could be a little slower-going. "It won't slow traffic, but drivers do need to slow down in construction zones," said MNDOT Project Engineer Jesse Miller. Miller says they will be working on a 20-mile stretch, but only a mile and a half at a time. One lane will close down during the day while crews work, but will open back up during the night. Construction company Knife River Materials out of Bemi
QWERTY robotics, the Detroit Lakes High School robotics team, has certainly made a name for itself this year. Although they placed 76th out of 88 in their division at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) national championship in St. Louis, Mo., this past weekend, they all say they walked away feeling like winners. "Once you decide that winning isn't everything, you become a winner ...
When a special television report broke into regular programming Sunday night, it turned out to be news that would have the world buzzing. President Obama announced that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had been killed by American Special Forces, and although the news surprised many, one local man was expecting it. "I heard about it before it even came on the news," said Becker County Administrator Tom Mortenson. Mortenson, who was very recently "Colonel Mortenson," working intelligence with the U.S.
Mark Malingen has joined State Bank & Trust as president of the bank's Detroit Lakes location. Malingen has been in the banking business for more than 20 years, with experience at First Bank, American Federal Bank, and Tri-State Auction Company. He was most recently the area manager for Bank of the West in Marshall, Minnesota, meaning he managed five other regional banks in addition to the Marshall location. Since his hire at the beginning of April, he's been providing leadership, direction and guidance of all bank activities for State Bank & Trust in Detroit Lakes and Audubon.
A Detroit Lakes woman is turning her own personal hardships into what she hopes will be a thriving business. Erin Redetzke began buying and collecting lots of baby things once she and her husband decided it was time to add onto their family. Time passed without Redetzke getting pregnant, and after some medical troubleshooting, they were told they couldn't have children. Redetzke was stuck not only with the heartbreaking news, but all the boughten reminders of what couldn't be. "I had a whole closet full of stuff, so when we found out why we couldn't get pregnant, I wanted all the baby
Did you know that Detroit Lakes was originally named "Detroit," and in 1926 the postal service changed the name to "Detroit Lakes" because we kept getting mail for Detroit, Michigan? If you didn't know this, you're not alone. Executive Director of the Becker County Museum Amy Degerstrom says there is so much rich history in this area that rarely becomes common knowledge, and that is one reason museum employees are resurrecting what is known as "Museum Appreciation Day." The event, set to be held Sunday, May 15 at the museum, has not been celebrated in Becker County since the mid- 1980s.
A tense scene for area police Thursday morning has likely turned out to be not much more than a mysterious phone call, according to Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon. Gordon says police received a 9-1-1 call at about 7:40 a.m. from the Waubun area. "The caller stated that there were two individuals waving a gun around, and that they were possibly going to be committing a robbery.
When Detroit Lakes women Jenny Lessman and Jessica Peterson learned their mothers had cancer, they didn't lie down and cry (at least for long) ...