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Alexa McKenzie is the youngest business owner she knows. "I'm 21," she said smiling warmly. The Detroit Lakes native graduated from high school in 2008, and is now back in town working as an independent contractor in massage therapy. Along with her brand new business, she's got brand new overhead, brand new tax questions and a brand new office (located in the Weum Chiropractic office). "At first it was overwhelming," said McKenzie, "but then I just jumped into things and learned about what I needed to do to own my own business. McKenzie says it helps to have a large family in town.
The leaves are changing, school is in session, furnaces are being turned on, and the pumpkins are ripening. Oh yes, fall is in the air, and with it comes the Lake Park Pumpkin Fest, being held Sept. 23 and 24. Lake Park residents are getting their yards all spruced up in fall fashion, as the event kicks off with Friday night's Yard Decoration Judging at 5 p.m. Several little pumpkins of the human kind will be dressing up for the Lil' Miss Pumpkin Fest Pageant at the High School Theater at 7 p.m. Saturday is plum full of activities, beginning at 8 a.m.
The number of high school students in Detroit Lakes that are proficient in science is dropping, according to the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA's). Detroit Lakes Education Director Lowell Niklaus presented the information at the last school board meeting. "It's not a pretty picture," Niklaus told the board, as he talked about high school science scores alone. According to the report, the number of DL students proficient in science (according to this particular assessment) is 36 percent, which is down from 49 percent last year. The state average sits at 53 percent. On the fl
There were 'many hands united' at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion Thursday evening, as the United Way hosted its annual Community Celebration. The event kicked off another year of campaigns and fundraisers for the organization. The weather cooperated beautifully for the lakeside event, where inflatable kids' games sprinkled the lawn. Over 1,000 people walked through the doors of the Community Celebration, which was free and open to the public. The 35 area organizations helped by the United Way were set up for display around the Pavilion, as volunteers from SJE- Rhombus clowned around. "I
The first day of school is exciting for most kids, but when you are nine-year-old Ashtyn Carrier, starting school isn't just exciting; it's what her parents call a victory. "It felt like ...
When Erlene Davis and her husband moved to Detroit Lakes from Fargo in 2006, she had no idea she was about to stumble upon her dream. "I went to a scrapbooking retreat, and when I came home I just felt...charged.
Getting back to school takes some adjustment as schedules are being formed and activities pick up. Finding success in getting back in the swing of things can be determined by what a child puts in his or her mouth and when, according to health experts. "Studies have shown that children who eat breakfast perform so much better than those who don't," said Marsha Parker, registered dietician for Essentia Health St.
When the second tower of the World Trade Center was hit, everybody knew it was an act of war. That had military members of every kind, as well as their families, thinking about what would inevitably come next.
Area bikers are getting all revved up for the fourth annual Leather & Leaves Motorcycle Rally. The ride is a collaboration between Zorbaz and the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center to raise money for the children's art program. The event kicks into gear on Sept. 17 at 10 a.m.
The air was buzzing with energy and excitement as the 2011-12 year began at the Detroit Lakes schools Tuesday.