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Though Patti DeGroat didn't pursue a career in education immediately upon graduating from Waubun High School in 1977, "it's always been in my blood," she says. "When my brother was 3 -- he's four years younger than me -- I used to make him all these flash cards, and taught him his letters and numbers," explains the White Earth native.
It's not all that uncommon for temperatures in this part of Minnesota and North Dakota to hit the minus-20s at this time of year. "Traditionally, we've had the tendency to see some of our coldest air of the season arrive in early February," says Daryl Ritchison, a meteorologist with WDAY-TV in Fargo. But the cold snap that was anticipated to sweep through the region today (Sunday) and tomorrow is "the coldest this area has been in two or three years," he adds. Nevertheless, most native Minnesotans don't even blink an eye when the thermometer drops into the minus-20s and -30s. "In gener
The Detroit Lakes Boys & Girls Club has been growing by leaps and bounds lately, with membership jumping to over 450 kids this year. "That's an increase of 30 percent (over the past year)," said Jeff Aafedt, president of the club's board of directors. With participation in its after school and summer activity programs more than doubled, the club is more in need of community support than ever, noted Pat Petermann, the executive director. And that's where the Polar Plunge comes in.
When Roosevelt Elementary School received word this past fall that its students had received a "five star" rating (out of a possible five) in both reading and math, it was cause to celebrate. First, because the Detroit Lakes grade school was one of only 78 in the state to receive two five-star ratings in 2006.
Though the return of local National Guardsmen stationed in Iraq has now been postponed until at least July or August, plans for the assistance of those troops in reintegrating into civilian life once they return continue unchecked. One of the people at the forefront of the reintegration effort is Dave Bellefeuille, who serves as director of veteran services in northwest Minnesota for the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. Bellefeuille has been in charge of establishing Veterans Resource Centers on the campuses of all public, post-secondary schools in northwest Minnesota that are par
Do you allow your children to walk or ride their bikes to school each morning? Or do you drive them there every morning, and pick them up every night? If you fall into the latter category, then you're not alone.
"Sister is back! And so are the nun-stop laughs." This colorful play on words is being used to advertise the His-toric Holmes Theatre's presentation of a live performance of the one-person play, "Late Nite Catechism 2," comes to the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on today (Thursday, Jan. 18) at 7:30 p.m.
Gail Grabow's urge to teach came early in life, when she convinced her younger brothers to "play school" with her as often as she could. She got her first taste of real teaching when she was a high school student at Fargo Central High school.
The leadership of the Detroit Lakes School Board will remain unchanged for 2007. Board members re-elected Dr. Tom Seaworth as board chairman at Mon-day night's meeting. Seaworth was re-elected by unanimous ballot. Also re-elected to their positions were LuAnn Porter, vice chair; Deanna Sinclair, secretary; and Tom Klyve, treasurer. In other business, Acting Superintendent Lowell Niklaus reported that enrollment numbers continue to hold steady. "Our enrollment numbers are holding better (i.e, more stable) than they have been in some time," Niklaus said.
Though he's been singing since he could talk, and playing guitar for nearly two decades, Detroit Lakes Police Department veteran Tim Eggebraaten has never released a professionally recorded CD Until now. In late December, Eggebraaten received the first copies of his debut CD, "From Within." The 12 tracks on the CD were recorded at Gray Barn Studios in Detroit Lakes, with the help of the recording studio's owner, Kevin Racer. "I can't say enough about him (Racer)," Eggebraaten said. "He's a computer guru, but with a music background.