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Healthy lakes and rivers with cleaner, clearer water has always been one of the goals of the Becker Soil & Water Conservation District — and thanks to a $330,000 Clean Water Fund grant from the Minnesota Board of Soil & Water Resources (BWSR), the Becker SWCD will be working with local landowners to get the Buffalo River watershed a lot healthier in the next couple of years.
So what can Americans, and particularly farmers in rural Minnesota, expect from a Trump presidency in 2017? "Honest answer? I have no idea—and no one else I know does either," said U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota), addressing a group of about 30 Becker County residents during an Agricultural Issues Forum hosted by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. Peterson said that he was "waiting to see" who would be picked to be the new Secretary of Agriculture under president-elect Donald Trump's administration.
The Peoples Park Outdoor Skating Rink will open for the season this Thursday, according to Detroit Lakes Public Works Director Brad Green. "Yes the outdoor rinks will be opening on Thursday, Dec. 22 as planned," Green said. "With the warmer weather after our cold snap it should be great skating! "We do provide free skates as available," he added. The rink's warming house will be open from noon to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday, Dec. 22-23, as well as from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day).
The Lake Park-Audubon School Board had nothing but praise for LP-A School District Superintendent Dale Hogie at the conclusion of a closed-session evaluation of his performance during Monday night's board meeting in Lake Park. LP-A Board Chairman Bryan Anderson said that Hogie had received an overall rating of 4.3 out of a possible 5 points from school board members during his evaluation.
For many of us, Christmas is a day to be spent with family and friends — opening presents, singing our favorite carols, enjoying all those holiday goodies that mom, grandma and all the aunts have been busy baking since Thanksgiving, and generally making merry. But what about those people who, for whatever reason, are spending the day alone? At First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, the congregation has decided to embrace all those who need a little extra holiday cheer.
Lady Antebellum will make their WE Fest debut at the Soo Pass Ranch next summer. Townsquare Media announced on Thursday that the chart-topping trio would join Luke Bryan and the Zac Brown Band as the three main headliners for the country music festival's 35th anniversary celebration on Aug. 3-5, 2017. Also joining the all-star lineup on Aug. 3-5, 2017 at Detroit Lakes' Soo Pass Ranch will be Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Brett Eldredge, Randy Houser, Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown, Cody Johnson and Brett Young.
When Lake Ida resident Gloria Anderson and Detroit Lakes middle schooler Allyssa Witthoeft were paired in October 2015 via the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center's Kinship mentoring program, they quickly discovered they had something in common. "We both love animals," says Anderson, noting that she had signed up to be a Kinship mentor last year, after reading about the program in the pages of this newspaper. Witthoeft had learned of the program at school, and suggested it to her mother.
The holidays are almost upon us — which means it must be time for the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count. This year, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count will mobilize over 72,000 volunteer bird counters in more than 2,500 locations across the Western Hemisphere. Locally, the Detroit Lakes area count is set for this Thursday, Dec. 15, while the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge will host a similar event on Monday, Dec. 19.
It's been 15 years since the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center opened its doors to the public in December 2001, and the staff is celebrating with "15 Days of Fun" starting on Thursday, Dec. 15 and continuing through Saturday, Dec. 31. "We thought we'd end it with our traditional New Year's Eve Bash," said DLCCC marketing director Kim Bettcher, adding that the 15-day event schedule does not include the Christmas holiday weekend, as the center will be closing at noon on Saturday, Dec. 24, and won't reopen until Monday, Dec. 26.
For those who were paying attention to the roundup of holiday events that was included in a feature about the Grace Lutheran Church Holiday Vendor Fair in last week's Community pages, you may have noticed a listing for the Lakes Area Community Concert Band's Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 11. The problem is, the concert was actually scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17—but some public calendar listings still had the Dec. 11 date included.