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The Minnesota Board of Animal Health confirmed Tuesday that two cows on a Becker County farm died last week of anthrax, the first anthrax cases in 2008. Dr. Randy Lindeman, Frazee, who is the district veterinarian for the Board of Animal Health, said in a telephone interview that the infected herd was "in southwest Becker County," but declined to pinpoint the exact location. After the dead cows were discovered on pasture, a blood sample was collected and sent to the North Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fargo.
Since it was first formed in 2002, the Minnesota Consortium for Advanced Rural Psychology Training (MCARPT) has been working to provide opportunities for psychologists to learn the many facets involved in practicing their craft in a rural setting. This year, there are two psychology interns living and working in the Detroit Lakes region through the MCARPT program. Both Dr. Brian Gatheridge and Dr.
For several weeks now, local glass artist Becky Mitchell has been working with students at Detroit Lakes as well as Lake Park-Audubon, Circle of Life, Frazee-Vergas, Waubun-Ogema and Perham elementary schools on a project known as "Mosaic Mania: Breaking Glass, Expanding Minds." Though it's officially an outreach project of the Historic Holmes Theatre, "Mosaic Mania" has also involved contributions from local and regional school districts, businesses and of course, from the students themselves. This project -- which will be centered around the upcoming "Capital for a Day" festivities in De
When the Ozark Jubilee made its Detroit Lakes debut last April, the Branson, Mo.-based stage show was such a hit that its organizers decided to come back for a second year. "If we find an area where people really like what we do, we try to go back," says Randy Newman, who -- along with alter ego Doofus Doolittle -- has been with the show for 14 years now. "When we were there last time, the people in Detroit Lakes just really seemed to enjoy the show -- so we decided to come back again." The Ozark Jubilee returns to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Monday, April 21, for a one-n
They may not have 76 trombones, but since the Lakes Area Community Concert Band first formed in 2006, the group has been steadily growing in numbers. "I think we're up to about 40 members now," says Rick Olson, who has served as the band's manager since its inception. In fact, whole families have begun taking part in the group's Thursday night rehearsals, according to Olson. "We have the Moen family, with two brothers and two sisters who are in the band," he says.
With a projected deficit of $600,000 for the 2008-09 school year, the Detroit Lakes School Board voted Monday to approve cost containment measures that include spending $200,000 from district reserves. According to District Superintendent Doug Froke, the use of these reserves is "manageable" as a one-time budget reduction measure. Froke noted in the budget recommendations he presented at Monday's board meeting that the overall financial condition of the district is "very good." However, two main factors have made these cost containments necessary.
The 2008-09 performance season at the Historic Holmes Theatre begins winding down this weekend -- but not without an appearance by one of the most unique performance groups this country has to offer. Regan Patno and Julia Snyder, better known as "The Tweaksters," have been performing together for more than a decade now. The acrobatic dance duo, oft-described as "the Blue Man Group without the paint," will be in Detroit Lakes this Thursday through Saturday, April 17-19, for a series of performances and workshops geared toward audiences of all ages. On Monday, they sat down for a telephone
Though television shows such as "E.R." and "Grey's Anatomy" take an oft-glamorized view of working a hospital emergency room, they do get one thing right: it is a stressful job. "It is a lot of stress, and the hours are difficult -- nights, weekends, holidays -- mentally and physically, maintaining that kind of schedule is really demanding," says Dr. Mark Lindquist, who has been the emergency department medical director at St. Mary's Regional Health Center (now St. Mary's since 1999. "I don't plan on being an E.R. doc when I'm 65," admits Lindquist, who is 52.
Effective this past Wednesday, April 9, Minnesota's bovine tuberculosis status has been officially downgraded from Modified Accredited Advanced (MAA) to Modified Accredited (MA). The drop in status was required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture after the discovery of four additional infected herds in northern Minnesota within the last 12 months. The infected herds were all discovered in Beltrami and Roseau counties, according to Minnesota State Veterinarian Dr. Bill Hartmann.
On April 3, the State of Minnesota reached final agreement with the White Earth Tribal Council for White Earth to begin taking over child welfare/protection services from Becker County for eligible children and families living on the reservation. "It really is an historic event," says Nancy Nelson, director of Becker County Human Services. For White Earth, it means the children and families eligible for services under the American Indian Child Welfare Initiative will be served by those who have a better understanding of their cultural and legal needs. For Becker County, it will mean not