Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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Ethics. Character. Integrity. With all the emphasis on language, math, science and cultural diversity in today's grade school classes, the teaching of simple human values like these can often be overlooked. Not so at Lake-Park Audubon Elementary School in Audubon.
For many years, the date of Dec. 19 has held special significance for Dave Hochhalter. It was the day, 40 years ago, when he and his wife, Betty, went on their first date. It was the same day, two years later, that he asked her to marry him. And it was on Dec.
Becker County Commissioner Barry Nelson has issued a challenge -- "to Becker County, the cities within Becker County, and all the citizens of Becker County" -- to reduce the county's overall energy consumption by 10 percent. Nelson issued the challenge at the close of his "State of the County" address Tuesday morning. "If everyone starts small, this will grow into a grass roots event," he said.
Christmas came early for the Audubon Fire Department this week: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Monday that the volunteer fire department had received a $213,723 Assistance to Firefighters Grant. According to Audubon Fire Chief Darcy Savig, the grant was a long time coming: "We've been applying for this grant ever since they started (the program) six years ago.
The Refuge, a Christian outreach and resource center in Detroit Lakes, has moved from its former location on Washington Avenue to a new home at 921 Eighth Street. The building formerly housed the Anishinaabe Center, which has relocated to Callaway. "We really appreciate how they worked with us to (help) purchase the building," said Mel Manning, who along with his wife, Shirl, established The Refuge last year.
With Christmas Day now just a little over a week away, the signs of holiday cheer are everywhere. Smiling Santas, frolicking reindeer, nativity scenes -- some of them even using live actors -- and brightly lit Christmas trees can be seen decorating almost every lawn and windowsill. But there is one Detroit Lakes home where the inhabitants don't have much reason to celebrate the holidays this year. Greg Olson, his daughter Kendra and granddaughter Khiera had to prepare for a funeral. Greg will be spending this Christmas, and many Christmases thereafter, without his wife by his side.
By now, it should come as a surprise to no one that roughly two-thirds of all inmates who are incarcerated at the Becker County Jail are there because of drug and alcohol use. In a six-month study just completed by the Becker County Sheriff's Department, it was determined that 60-65 percent of the 544 inmates at the jail during that period "were there because of drug and alcohol abuse," said Sheriff Tim Gordon in a Friday interview. "There is a direct correlation between drug and alcohol use and incarceration," Gordon added. In the same study, it was determined that 34 percent of the jai
Very soon, there may be a statewide, centralized index of marriage records that can be accessed from any county in Minnesota. The Minnesota Association of County Officers is proposing the creation of an Official Marriage Database -- and Becker County has committed $2,000 toward the project. The Becker County Board of Commissioners approved the request from County Recorder Darlene Maneval to withdraw the money from the Recorders Technology Fund as the county's share of the project.
Three months. That's how much time a newly-formed subcommittee of Becker County's OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) Policy Subcommittee has been given to bring back a tentative OHV Trail System to the county for review. Will Yliniemi and Guy Fischer, co-facilitators for the OHV Policy Committee, brought the proposal for creating the new subcommittee to Tuesday's county board meeting. As laid out in a Dec.
With crop prices looking quite bullish recently -- in some cases, reaching record highs -- the outlook for agriculture in 2008 appears pretty good. But if you look a little deeper, things may not seem quite so rosy -- because expenses such as health insurance and fuel are also soaring. That was the general message conveyed at Thursday's Ag Issues Forum in Callaway, sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. Farm business management instructor Randy Zimmerman of Northland College made a presentation on the projected profit margin for wheat, soybeans, corn and sugar beet