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In its first 11 months of existence, Grandma's Closet donated over 200 items of clothing to Becker County children. From infants to teenagers, this outreach ministry of First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes offers an opportunity for children to bring home a special outfit for a prom, recital, church or school program, etc.
When Matt and Shantell Olson moved to Detroit Lakes over a decade ago, they had visions of raising their children to adulthood in this northwest Minnesota community. "We saw our kids graduating from here," said Shantell. "Detroit Lakes is the place we thought of as home," added Matt. They were both happy in their careers -- he as the youth and family ministries director at Trinity Lutheran Church, she as a counselor for Lutheran Social Services.
Becker County will soon have its first "farm winery." The County Board of Commissioners put its stamp of approval on a conditional use permit Tuesday that will allow Michael Bullock to establish a vineyard and farm winery on his property in Richwood Township. But Bullock's request did not come without opposition; several residents of the area surrounding Bullock's property appeared at both the Nov.
"Woo-woo! Woo-woo!" For the second year in a row, the Canadian Pacific Railway's Holiday Train will be making a stop in Detroit Lakes on Friday, Dec. 14. It will be one of more than 100 communities in Canada and the U.S. where the two holiday trains will make stops this year, starting Dec. 1 in Scranton, Pa., and continuing through Dec.
It's been more than 40 years since Damien Society member Gen Kwako was contacted by a local bus driver about the fact that some of his young passengers often boarded the bus without mittens and caps to protect them from the weather. Kwako, with the help of her fellow Damiens, organized the first Damien Mitten Tree drive, in which local residents were asked to donate hats, scarves and mittens to give to children in need during the holiday season. The "mitten trees" were set up at various locations around town, so that residents could bring in their donations and hang them on the tree, to
The look of Minnesota State Community & Technical College (MSCTC) in Detroit Lakes has been undergoing some big changes over the past couple of years, with a campus realignment, name change, a new president and new campus provost among the most noticeable. And now, its governing board of trustees has experienced a bit of reorganizing as well. The Founders 500 has now evolved into the Detroit Lakes Area College Foundation, with a board of directors that includes 11 official and two ex-officio members. "The Founders 500 is a trust association that was around for more than two decades," exp
The Agri-Business Committee of the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce will host an Agricultural Issues Forum on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Callaway Community Center, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The purpose of the forum is to share information, ideas and concerns about agricultural issues with federal and state legislators and local leaders, according to Ken Shroyer, chair of the Agri-Business Committee. Among those receiving an invitation to the event are U.S.
Are you going to be home alone for Thanksgiving this year? Separated from your loved ones? Could you and your family use a home-cooked dinner, fellowship and holiday cheer? Then why not stop by Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes this Thursday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., to enjoy a made-from-scratch turkey dinner with all the fixings -- including pumpkin pie! "We make everything from scratch," says Patti Spry, coordinator for the church's annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
When jail overcrowding becomes so much of an issue that the sentences of some inmates are reduced to make room for incoming offenders, the obvious solution is to build more jail cells to house them. But what if you could break the cycle of criminal behavior that leads the same list of "usual suspects" to end up in jail, over and over again? That's the aim of Recovery Works, a new licensed, outpatient chemical dependency program implemented this past April at the Becker County Jail. Though it's still too new to have solid statistics on its effectiveness, Sheriff Tim Gordon believes the p
Becker County may not be one of the wealthiest counties in the state, but its bottom line looks pretty good from the perspective of the firm hired to perform its annual audit. Colleen Hoffman of Hoffman, Dale & Swenson, Thief River Falls, was at this week's Becker County Board meeting to give the board an update on the audit her firm just completed, for the fiscal year ending Dec.