Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 15 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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The newly created Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority will hold its first official meeting next Wednesday, March 31 in Perham. Officials from Becker, Otter Tail, Todd and Wadena counties signed the joint powers agreement to create the organization earlier this year. The purpose of the agreement was to allow the four counties to take part in the joint ownership and operation of the Perham Resource Recovery Facility (the incinerator plant) as well as other cooperative solid waste management efforts. Besides electing officers and enacting bylaws, the incinerator plant expansion wi
It wasn't too many years ago that northern Minnesota had about 350 logging companies that employed thousands of people. Like many other industries, however, timber sales were hit hard by the recession.
When you ask Effie Kalk what it feels like to be 100 years old, she feigns surprise. "Really? A hundred? That's getting up there," the Detroit Lakes resident joked on Monday afternoon, sitting in her room at Emmanuel Community. Effie celebrated her centennial birthday on Tuesday, March 16, surrounded by friends and fellow Emmanuel residents. Though she was born and raised in Philadelphia -- "I lived at 1620 Porter Street," she says -- Kalk became a resident of the Fargo-Moorhead area at a young age. "I came out here with my dad," she said.
Pheasants Forever had a busy year in 2009, spending more than $34.7 million on programming that included $4.9 million in land acquisitions. Nationwide, the 621 Pheasants Forever chapters, 103 Quail Forever chapters and 125,000 members of "The Habitat Organization" completed over 22,000 wildlife habitat projects last year. Those projects included approximately 8,300 acres of land acquired and then opened to public hunting and recreation as state-managed wildlife areas or federal Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs).
If you or someone you know has ever thought about adoption, now is a great time to check into the possibilities of giving a child a lasting, loving home. Becker County has received an 18-month grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services that will provide support to foster families who will adopt the children placed with them.
Each year, the Detroit Lakes Area College Foundation awards scholarships that make it possible for both full and part-time students at Minnesota State Community & Technical College (M State)-Detroit Lakes to achieve their academic and professional goals. The Foundation also provides funding for M State-DL's equipment and programming needs. But to make all that possible, the Foundation is dependent upon the support of the community.
A little over three weeks ago, a surgical team from St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes embarked on a 10-day medical mission to Haiti. The tiny island nation is still feeling the effects of a devastating earthquake that left its capital, Port-au-Prince, in ruins. So when former St.
March is an all-important month for food banks across the state of Minnesota, including Becker County's own Food Pantry. This is Minnesota Foodshare Month, when food banks receive incentive grants based upon the amount of dollars and food they collect during the course of the month.
How many fourth graders in Becker County know the difference between a combine and a baler?
Unlike many people who receive a state or national award, Mitch Vogt didn't know that he had been nominated for a Minnesota AdvancED Excellence in Education Award. So when he received notification a couple of weeks ago that he had been named as the 2010 recipient of the award, Vogt said he was "very surprised." The superintendent-principal of Circle of Life School in White Earth was honored "for his unparalleled leadership in promoting and advancing excellence in education." Vogt will be formally recognized on April 17 at the 2010 AdvancED Conference in Atlanta, Ga.