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March 2010 was a record month for the Becker County Food Pantry -- and executive director Jack Berenz is hoping this year's annual Minnesota Food Share Month food drive is equally successful. "Last year was a great year for the Pantry," he said. "It was the biggest March we ever had." From March 1-31, 2010, the Becker County Food Pantry collected 13,923 pounds of food and $79,579 in cash -- for a combined total of 93,502 in both dollars and pounds of food. The year before, in 2009, the Pantry had fallen significantly short of 2008 totals.
Most people are aware of the fact that St. Patrick's Day falls on March 17. Each year, Celtic folk gather all over the world on that date to celebrate all things Irish. That didn't sit too well with a certain Bemidji State University professor. A Finlander by birth, Dr. Sulo Havumaki decided he wanted to "steal a bit of the glory" from St. Patrick's Day revelers, by creating a day to celebrate his Finnish heritage. Known as St. Urho's Day, the celebration was first held on March 16, 1955 -- one day before St.
Many a kid has spent hours playing with model trains: Building tracks, creating buildings and scenery to place alongside those tracks, and sometimes, even constructing the trains themselves. It's a hobby some never quite outgrow as adults. They continue to lavish both time and money on creating authentic model replicas of the trains they love -- not to mention the railroads they travel on, and the towns and countryside they pass through. Such is the case for the members of the Red River Modular Train Club, whose members meet monthly in Fargo.
Most students in American schools today could probably tell you who George Washington is. Or Abraham Lincoln, or Lewis & Clark. But what about Betsy Ross? Harriet Tubman? Clara Barton? It's an unfortunate fact that when it comes to remembering the people who played significant roles in history, the first names on most people's tongues would be those of men, not women. Twenty years ago, songwriter and musician Ann Reed hoped to change that, at least slightly, by writing a song that would shed some light on the important role of women in history.
Many people experience joint or back pain, whether it's from an injury or spending a little too much time shoveling snow. For most of us, the pain is temporary. Some Motrin or a visit to the chiropractor will take care of the problem until the injury or muscle strain is healed. Chronic pain, however, is something that requires a bit more intensive medical care to find a solution. And that's where the new pain relief clinic at Essentia Health-St. Mary's comes in. "Patients with chronic back pain are very challenging," said Dr.
When you think about homeless people, living on the streets, it often seems like a problem that doesn't exist outside of large metropolitan areas. But that's simply not the case, says Pastor Tim Rice of Detroit Lakes' Christian Fellowship Church. Rice, who is also president of the local Ministerial Association, said they often get calls for assistance. "The Ministerial Association helps out when we can," he said. "We'll send people to Fargo, or put them up in a hotel for the night (when the funds are available)." But even in Fargo, housing options are limited.
When family patriarch Bud Turpin (played by Jim Sinclair) falls over dead at the breakfast table during the play's first five minutes, the subject matter of Summit Productions' "Dearly Departed" immediately becomes clear. But as his dysfunctional family prepares for Bud's upcoming funeral, the comic irony of the play's title becomes equally obvious. When asked by Reverend Hooker (Cecil Ballard) to describe her husband, the most positive thing Raynelle Turpin (Sharon Sinclair) can think of to say is that he's "mean and surly." His oldest son Ray-Bud (Doug Schultz) -- the family's lone leg
Susan B. Anthony. Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth. Louisa May Alcott. Eleanor Roosevelt. Helen Keller. Anne Frank. There are many women who have played a role in changing history and changing the lives of others. These women and more will be celebrated in a special concert at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Thursday, March 17, by singer-songwriter Ann Reed. Reed and a cast of guest performers will present "Heroes: A Celebration of Women Who Changed History, and Change Our Lives" that evening, at 7:30 p.m.
Though her official occupation is teaching children how to read, Detroit Lakes native Nancy Brekke is making quite a name for herself as a children's book author. Her first book, But Grandma Didn't Mind, was published by Raven Publishing Company in 2004, and two others in the series, But That's OK With Grandpa and 'Cause She's My Sister, soon followed. Now, Brekke is busily working on manuscripts for the Kaleidoscope Series, published by Hameray Publishing of San Diego, Calif. "I love to write," she said. "I'm in my own world when I write.
KDLM Radio listeners will be getting a special treat on Monday, March 14 -- that's the date set for the premiere of a new broadcast series featuring the work of students from Detroit Lakes Middle School and Lake Park-Audubon High School. "Two weeks from tonight is the first on-air broadcast," said project coordinator Becky Mitchell, speaking to a group of DLMS students and senior volunteers at the school on Monday afternoon. Each half-hour show will air at 5:30 p.m.