Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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March is an all-important month for food banks across the state of Minnesota, including Becker County's own Food Pantry. This is Minnesota Foodshare Month, when food banks receive incentive grants based upon the amount of dollars and food they collect during the course of the month.
How many fourth graders in Becker County know the difference between a combine and a baler?
Unlike many people who receive a state or national award, Mitch Vogt didn't know that he had been nominated for a Minnesota AdvancED Excellence in Education Award. So when he received notification a couple of weeks ago that he had been named as the 2010 recipient of the award, Vogt said he was "very surprised." The superintendent-principal of Circle of Life School in White Earth was honored "for his unparalleled leadership in promoting and advancing excellence in education." Vogt will be formally recognized on April 17 at the 2010 AdvancED Conference in Atlanta, Ga.
For 20 years now, the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center has been providing support and advocacy programs for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and general crime, as well as for families and children. This Friday, March 19, the LCRC will "celebrate the magic of families" by hosting its annual banquet and auction at the Speak Easy in Detroit Lakes, starting with a 5:30 p.m.
"We need to recover the Minnesota governor's office -- we haven't been there in 20 years." So said former Minnesota State Senator John Hottinger, speaking at Thursday night's convention of the Becker County Democratic-Farmer-Laborer (DFL) Party in Detroit Lakes. Though Hottinger was speaking on behalf of his candidate of choice, R.T.
For the first time in almost 35 years, you won't find either Henry or Bonnie Hoffman behind the counter at Hoffman's Meat Market in Detroit Lakes. Randy Gravelle, a part-time employee at Hoffman's since 1996, took over the reins of the business last month. Gravelle is a Detroit Lakes native whose parents, Ann and Earl Gravelle, owned and operated Lakes Processing in Detroit Lakes for more than 25 years. "I grew up in the business," he said.
The local senior citizen's center is more than just a place to get a hot meal five days a week. It's a place to enjoy companionship, good conversation or a lively card game -- and occasionally take part in other activities as well. Hot, fresh-cooked noon meals are served at the Lake Park and Detroit Lakes nutrition sites five days a week, Monday through Friday.
The movement to "Bring Back Detroit Mountain" gained a little momentum Tuesday, as the Becker County Board of Commissioners indicated its willingness to start investigating the possibility of acquiring the property. About a dozen members of the grassroots group dedicated to pursuing the project appeared at the county board's open forum to make a plea for the board's support. Jeff Staley, president of the group, said they were in the process of forming a non-profit dedicated to creating a year-round recreation area on the Detroit Mountain property, which is located east of Detroit Lakes.
On Saturday, March 20, the George Simson Auditorium at Detroit Lakes Middle School will be the setting for a four-hour community concert that is truly a must-see for local music lovers. School groups including the Laker Singers and Laker Jazz Band will share the stage with Doc & the Scrubs, The Front Row, the Lakes Area Community Concert Band, and the Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church Choir. And that's not all.
A government redesign plan recently unveiled by the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) has been a bit controversial even among the association's 87 member counties. The 10-point plan could potentially save the state $945 million over two years -- but officials in Becker County and others in the area have openly expressed concern, even dismay, over certain aspects of the plan. Specifically, they are wondering where the money will come from to fund the parts of the proposal that involve shifting certain state duties into the hands of counties. A proposed 50 percent reduction in the si