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Detroit Lakes Newspapers lost one of its own Tuesday, as outdoors columnist Bernard J. "Bernie" Revering passed away suddenly at St.
Weekend rains flooded some Becker County roadways over the weekend, causing some headaches for holiday travelers. But as of Tuesday morning, most of the waterlogged roads had been reopened to traffic, according to County Highway Engineer Brad Wentz. "We had heavy rain on Saturday night, and the area between Frazee and Ponsford saw somewhere around eight inches of rain, so there were several roads that had some water running over them," Wentz said. "There's still a little bit of water flowing on County Road 125 by Shipman Lake, but most (of the damage) has been repaired and the roads open
With so many of this area's recreational and tourism opportunities centered on its lakes and rivers, it's no secret that water quality is a priority issue in west central Minnesota. At no time in state history have its surface waters been at greater risk than they are today -- with intense development pressure, the spread of invasive species and untreated wastewater being the most pressing areas of concern. Recently, eight lake associations in Becker, Otter Tail and Douglas counties took the "initiative" in tackling these concerns by joining forces with West Central Initiative, the McKnigh
More than any other American holiday, the Fourth of July -- also known as Independence Day, the day more than 200 years ago when the United States of America won independence from Great Britain -- is an opportunity for U.S. citizens to celebrate their patriotism. But for Roger and Donna Houglum, this year's celebration is about a little more than that. This Monday, July 5, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be gathering with them at their home on Long Lost Lake (in northern Becker County) to celebrate the holiday.
It may have been written over 400 years ago, but the wit of William Shakespeare's comedy "The Merry Wives of Windsor" still translates well to modern audiences. In fact, according to Shakespeare in the Park director Nikki Caulfield, cast members frequently had to stop rehearsals because they "cracked themselves up" during the weeks leading up to Friday's premiere at the Detroit Lakes City Park. "It was fun to watch them discover these pieces (of old-fashioned humor)," Caulfield said.
The Lake Park-Audubon School Board awarded the sale of $21.1 million in school construction bonds at a special meeting Tuesday -- and the results of the sales were good news for district taxpayers. Based on a sale report presented by Carolyn Drude and Betsy Knoche of Ehlers, Inc., in Roseville, Minn., school board members learned that the district would be paying roughly $800,000 less in interest than originally anticipated. "It's pretty exciting that you had the interest in these bonds that you did," Drude noted, referring to the number of bidders for the bonds.
A couple of years ago, a local woman approached the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center staff to ask numerous questions about its operations. She then toured the facility and began doing some research.
In the immortal words of Duke Ellington, "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing." This Thursday, July 1, the FM Kicks Big Band will present a tribute to legendary jazz/swing musician and bandleader William "Count" Basie with an 8 p.m.
"Cancer is indiscriminate. It does not ask about your age, your race, your political affiliation ... it can be any one of us." So said Dr.
With a successful school bond referendum now behind them, the Lake Park-Audubon School Board had to face a little bit of bad news Monday: a projected budget deficit for fiscal year 2011. But as LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie pointed out, the projected 2010-11 deficit of just under $40,000 amounted to .68 percent of the total projected revenue of $5.8 million. During the open forum portion of the meeting, the board also heard from several concerned parents and daycare providers regarding the recent elimination of the district's early childhood home visitation program.