Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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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
AUDUBON - A story that appeared in the most recent issue of the Lake Park-Audubon school newsletter, "The Raider," generated enough local controversy to prompt a discussion at Monday night's LP-A School Board meeting. The story, which concerned the use of text messaging by LP-A students, did include information about the school's policy with regard to cell phone use.
Staff and volunteers at the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center in Detroit Lakes are busy preparing to celebrate "Families: Life's Precious Jewels" at the LCRC's 19th Annual Banquet and Auction, set for Friday, March 27, at the Speak Easy in Detroit Lakes. "This year, with the tough economic times, the number of individuals and families in need continues to increase," says Jan Logan, LCRC executive director.
This Friday, March 20, will be a very special day for the residents and staff at Lincoln Park Assisted Living in Detroit Lakes. That's the day declared by Detroit Lakes Mayor Matt Brenk as Leona Saatoff Day, in recognition of the Lincoln Park resident's 100th birthday. Leona Saatoff is the first resident of the assisted living facility to reach the century mark, according to Nancy Kinslow, public relations coordinator for St.
A decision on issuing a new off-sale liquor license for Osage Liquor has been postponed for two weeks by the Becker County Board of Commissioners. At a public hearing on the proposed liquor license that was held Tuesday morning, Rev.