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Last week, about a dozen workers from the USDA Service Center in Detroit Lakes -- which includes the local offices of the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Rural Development and the Becker County Soil and Water Conservation District -- volunteered their time to help flood relief efforts in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Many of them brought family members along as well, said Barb Fyffe, who made the trip to Moorhead twice, on Tuesday and Friday of last week. "The USDA gave us administrative leave to go over and help with the sandbagging," Fyffe said. On Tuesday, March
A troupe of seven actors (plus one technician) from the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn., will make their first trip to Detroit Lakes to perform the classic play "Hedda Gabler," on Friday, April 3 at the Historic Holmes Theatre. "We have been annually presenting the works of Henrik Ibsen for the past 12 years, and touring our Ibsen production throughout the upper Midwest every other year since 2003," said Hal Kropp, artistic director of the Commonweal Theatre. Kropp is doing double duty this spring, as both the director of "Hedda Gabler" and an actor in the production, portraying the
Problems with the new manufacturing equipment at a budding local food manufacturing business proved to be a bit of good fortune for hungry National Guard soldiers at the Moorhead Armory last week. Sungrown Foods LLC, which has its business offices in the Graystone Building in downtown Detroit Lakes, donated 150 loaves of whole grain bread, 270 pounds of sunflower butter and 144 pounds of grape jelly to help the flood effort. Sungrown Foods makes "Sunwiches," a product very similar to Smuckers' "Uncrustables," a popular brand of frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
The Becker County Board of Commissioners met in special session Monday morning to approve a resolution declaring a "state of emergency" in the county. County Highway Engineer Brad Wentz said at the meeting that the county had already experienced roughly $250,000 in damages to county roads -- including 13 road washouts, plus another 10-20 other sites that were underwater. As for township roads, Wentz said the heaviest damage reported so far was in Evergreen Township, where there were about 10 roads that sustained between $80,000-$90,000 in damages.
At various times in her life, Mary Sorum has been a homemaker, a nurse, and for the past 23-odd years, an attorney, practicing family law at the firm of Thorwaldsen, Malmstrom, Sorum & Majors in Detroit Lakes. Now the Moorhead native and longtime Pelican Rapids resident is entering what she calls "phase 3" of her life: retirement, and "being a grandma." Thursday, March 19 was Sorum's last official day on the job at the firm where she has been a full partner since 1988.
Though it was not a unanimous decision, the Becker County Board acted Tuesday to approve an off-sale liquor license for a new liquor store in Osage. A large contingent of Osage residents was present to provide testimony at the public hearing, which was continued from the previous board meeting. The testimony was balanced pretty evenly between those who opposed the measure, and those who supported it. Several Osage business owners came forward in support of granting the license, because, as one of them put it, "we need all the businesses in Osage that we can get." According to Tuesday's
Where will Becker County's trash go -- to the landfill, or the incinerator? A proposal for the county to become a joint powers partner in the proposed expansion of Perham's solid waste incinerator once again became a discussion topic at Tuesday's meeting of the Becker County Board. Steve Skoog, Becker County environmental services director, said the county has until June of this year to decide if they want to participate in the project, which would expand the capacity of the incinerator by approximately 20,000 tons a year. "The door shuts at the end of June," said County Administrator Br
How much does a typical elementary-age student in Becker County know about agriculture? As it happens, they know quite a lot more this week than they did the week before. This past Monday and Tuesday, students from Lake Park-Audubon and White Earth, as well as Holy Rosary, Rossman and Roosevelt schools in Detroit Lakes gathered at Minnesota State Community & Technical College in Detroit Lakes to participate in Ag in the Classroom activities organized by volunteers from the Becker County Farm Bureau, Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Committee and Becker County Soil and Water
Do you know of a local business, organization, classroom or individual who is doing their part to protect the environment?
If you were a foreign student living and working in Detroit Lakes on an agricultural study exchange program, what would be the most difficult aspect of adjusting to your new environment? According to Thais Lara Nascimento of Brazil, Xiao Li, Ting Cui, and Tingting Liu, all of China, it's the food. "Food is one of their biggest challenges," said Kathy Simison, an adult basic education coordinator with Lakes Learning in Detroit Lakes. The four students, along with Simison and two volunteer ESL (English as a Second Language) tutors, Sandy Willprecht and Linda Ditterick, toured Central Marke