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Back in February of this year, the Becker County Board and county department heads sat down and hashed out a budget plan that would trim roughly $550,000 from the county's bottom line for 2009. "We've been thinking about and planning for it (a significant state aid cut) for a year," said County Administrator Brian Berg on Tuesday. They were anticipating that the state aid unallotment of $300,000 that was leveled on the county just before the end of 2008 would be more than doubled by the end of 2009. And as Gov.
Though the administration of the Detroit Lakes Summer Recreation Program has changed hands this year, there will be very few visible changes for participants when the program gets underway Monday. Coordinators Brent Wolf and Kim Bettcher of the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center say they have been working closely with the Detroit Lakes City Park & Recreation Board to put together the schedule. As in past years, the program will include everything from baseball and t-ball to face painting and crafts. Activities will run from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Imagine this: For every 10 children born today in the tiny island country of Haiti, four will never go to school, three will live without clean water, and two will die within a year of their birth. Over the course of a few short months, the country was struck by four successive hurricanes in 2008 -- Fay, Gustav, Hannah and Ike -- and is still dealing with the devastation wrought by Mother Nature. Many remain homeless, having had everything they possessed swept away by the storms. But there is hope.
"One hundred years is a long time -- and I wasn't sitting still." So says Malinda Gamer, who celebrated her centennial birthday this past Monday, June 1, in the Frazee Care Center. And for most of that time, Malinda has made her home in the Evergreen Township area -- first on her parents' farm, and later, with her husband Carl.
Take a musical journey back in time on Thursday, June 18, as Good Clean Fun Productions brings its traveling show, "The Music of Patsy Cline," to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre for a 7:30 p.m. show.
Blue skies -- at least, most of the time -- an army of helpful volunteers and an exciting lineup of artists both new and familiar made this weekend's Street Faire at the Lakes a resounding success, according to event organizers. "It was very smooth from our perspective," said Mary Beth Gilsdorf, who has been the logistics coordinator for the festival since its beginnings nine years ago. "I can't say enough about the cooperative effort of all involved," she added. Sue Braun, who has also been on the Street Faire organizational committee since the beginning, said that there were "record cr
Detroit Lakes' Street Faire may be over and done for another year, but that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to do this weekend. For the third year in a row, the Quake the Lake Power Boat Races will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, across from Zorbaz on Detroit Lake. Warmups begin a noon, with races going from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days. There will be seven classes of boats, including GT Pro, VP75, Formula V Sport C, Formula 150, SST60 and SST120.
The project to build a $6.6 million, 35,000 square foot addition to the Becker County Courthouse -- plus another $4 million in improvements to the existing structure -- was what Becker County Board Chairman Harry Salminen called a "community effort." And that spirit of cooperation was in evidence at Saturday's open house to celebrate the completion of the project. A brief program held on the courthouse steps to begin the event included participation from the Lake Region Veterans Color Guard; George Peters, a retired sergeant major who served in both Korea and Vietnam; Salminen; Becker Coun
A Detroit Lakes summer tradition for the past several years, the Tuesdays in the Park concert series resumes this week (June 2) with a 7 p.m. performance by the Lakes Area Community Concert Band. There are many familiar faces, and a few new ones, on the concert schedule this summer. "We had more acts (sign up) than we could schedule this year," said Vicky Williams, event coordinator for the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, who also organizes the summer concert series. Besides the Lakes Area Band -- which will also close the season with a second performance on Aug.
Though the 2009-10 season at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes doesn't officially get underway until Oct.