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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Though most of her career has been focused on sports and fitness, Detroit Lakes resident Kim Bettcher has also had another secret passion: writing. "I have been writing for years -- since I was little," says Bettcher, who has been at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center since it opened in 2001 -- first as fitness and aquatics director, and now as one of its two programming directors. But until a few years ago, she'd never attempted to get any of her poems or stories published. "One day five years ago, we were sitting in a beautiful bookstore in Denver, Colo.
The Buffalo-Red River Watershed District Board of Managers will continue to pursue plans to construct an outlet for both Boyer and LaBelle lakes in western Becker County. A meeting was held Monday night at the Lake Park City Center to discuss progress on the project, as well as potential costs and whether or not the board should continue to pursue funding for it. Persistent high water and erosion problems this past spring, on both lakes as well as on adjacent roads within the watershed --including U.S.
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Becker County's Natural Resources Management office administers nearly 75,000 acres of tax-forfeited lands in the county. No formal policy has previously existed to regulate the recreational use of those lands; the county has basically followed state policy guidelines, according to Mark "Chip" Lohmeier, Becker County NRM Administrator.
This is a very special day for Detroit Lakes residents Albert and Ruth Gray. Seventy years ago today, on Aug. 31, 1939, they exchanged wedding vows in Webaux, Mont. -- and nearly three-quarters of a century later, they're still together. "When I said 'I do,' I meant it," says Albert, now 92.
A public informational meeting to discuss high water issues on LaBelle and Boyer lakes in western Becker County is set to take place this Monday, Aug.
Just call them "mythbusters." Late last week, representatives from AARP Minnesota were in Detroit Lakes to talk health care reform -- or more specifically, the many myths that abound on both sides of what has become a hotly contested national debate. One of the latest came from the lips of President Obama himself, said Amy McDonough, associate state director of communications for AARP. "He (Obama) said AARP had endorsed his health care legislation (now pending in Congress)," McDonough said.
Becker County's solid waste management and recycling facilities are in need of an overhaul, according to the results of a study completed recently by a Twin Cities-area consulting firm. The consulting team of Wenck Associates, Inc., and Tim Goodman & Associates of Maple Plain were hired several months ago by the county board to complete a comprehensive study of the Becker County Transfer Station and recycling program. Steve Skoog, Becker County Environmental Services administrator, was at Tuesday's Becker County Board meeting to go over the findings of the study. "Basically, (the transfe
The struggling economy is taking its toll on animal shelters across the country. Families who are facing hard financial times are being forced to surrender their dogs, cats and other pets to animal shelters at an alarming rate. In turn, animal shelters are having a hard time keeping up because while demand for their services is skyrocketing, financial donations to these shelters -- also due to the economy -- are dramatically declining. Detroit Lakes has not been immune to the trend.
Enrollment at the Detroit Lakes campus of Minnesota State Community & Technical College (M-State) has reached a new milestone for the fall semester, with over 1,000 students. A total of 1,013 students were enrolled at M-State as of Tuesday, said Dale Westley, enrollment manager for the college. "We've reached that five-year plateau, which we're pretty excited about," he added. The total includes 709 full and part-time students attending classes at the DL campus, and another 355 enrolled in online classes taught by DL instructors.