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Has the recent cold snap got you thinking that you might need a little help with your heating bills this winter? Then you'd better get your application in now. According to Nancy Cummings, energy program coordinator for Mahube Community Council, nearly 3,000 households have already applied for assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) this year. "Normally, in a year, we serve about 3,200 households, and as of right now, we've approved applications for over 2,900," Cummings said.
In Becker County, a total of just over $70.4 million was spent on providing human services programs for county residents in 2007. That amounts to $2,188 per capita -- considerably more than the statewide average of $1,631 per capita for providing all human services programs. Most of that money comes from the state and federal governments.
PINE POINT -- For about 20 years now, the White Earth Land Recovery Project has been working on cultural revitalization, food and energy sovereignty issues on the White Earth reservation. The Mino-Miijim ("Good Food") Program was created several years ago, to address the diabetes epidemic on the White Earth Reservation and to restore health and balance to the community.
Detroit Lakes tied a record this week, but instead of shouting "Hip! Hip! Hooray!" most local residents were far more likely to say "Brrrrrrrr!" The temperature dipped to 37 below on Tuesday morning, tying a low temperature record set in 1934, according to KDLM radio, which maintains a weather station on Richwood Road. By 9:15 a.m., the temperature had climbed to a balmy 27 below. Things weren't much better for our neighbors, either. Park Rapids weighed in with an overnight low of 35 below.
From the time he was a small child, Khaled Zreik knew he wanted to be a doctor. "Since I was five years old, I've had an interest in helping people," says the Detroit Lakes physician, who purchased a home on Muskrat Lake with his wife, Fatme, in June 2008. More specifically, Zreik was drawn to caring for people with cancer. Though reluctant to speak of it at first, Zreik admits his career choice was determined, in part, by a personal loss. "My mother died of cancer -- ovarian cancer --when I was a child," he says.
Feb. 17, 2009: That's the day when all over-the-air broadcast television stations in the U.S.
One of the country's most exciting a cappella vocal bands, InPulse, will perform live at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Thursday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. But on Tuesday and Wednesday, the foursome will also be making visits to area schools in Detroit Lakes, Frazee and Hawley, to perform for the students as well as impart a little of their musical knowledge. "We do an educational outreach program ... we call it 'edu-tainment,'" said Marcus Hanson, who sings bass as well as serving as the band's manager.
Though the legendary improvisational comedy troupe known as Chicago City Limits actually hails from New York City, at least one of its members also has ties to the Twin Cities. Greg Triggs, who has been with CCL for the past three years, got his start in comedy with the Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis. "Like any good student with a BFA (bachelor of fine arts degree) in theater, you kind of start to wonder what you're going to do with it after you graduate," Triggs said in a Monday telephone interview. In assessing his abilities as a performer, Triggs said his sense of humo
With the swearing in of newly-minted Becker County Commissioner Gerry Schram, and re-elected commissioners Larry Knutson and Barry Nelson, a new year officially began for Becker County Tuesday. But a bit of last-minute 2008 news remained the dominant topic of conversation. The news that Becker County would be receiving an unhappy Christmas "present" from the State of Minnesota -- in the form of a $300,000 state aid cut -- dominated local headlines toward the end of 2008. But not all the news coming out of Becker County was bad, as Commissioner Larry Knutson had pointed out in his "state
Americans may think they're experiencing hard times, with a depressed economy, lost jobs and billion-dollar state budget deficits. But times are even tougher for the people of Haiti, who have been hard-hit by a series of tropical storms and hurricanes over the past summer. Jeff Norby, a Detroit Lakes resident who works as a soil conservation technician for the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), recently returned from a week-long journey to that country. Though his primary reason for making the trip was to deliver some donations for TeacHaiti -- a Detroit Lakes-based humanitari