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DETROIT LAKES - Following the example set by the City of Detroit Lakes, the Becker County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday in favor of establishing a countywide Absentee Ballot Board. According to County Auditor-Treasurer Ryan Tangen, establishment of this new board will help lessen the occurrence of spoiled absentee ballots due to "administrative" requirements such as signatures, vouchers, etc. "The board will start meeting as soon as absentee ballots start coming in (for the general elections this fall)," Tangen said.
The films "Bucharest Express," "Savages," "The Kite Runner," "Juno," "The Corporation" and "Grease" will be featured at the inaugural Red Bridge Film Festival, which takes place April 11-14 at the Park Theatre in Park Rapids. The festival begins with an opening night gala set for 5 p.m. Friday, April 11 at the Red Bridge Inn, including a discussion with filmmaker Chuck Portz ("Bucharest Express").
For the first time since 2002, the WE Fest Karaoke Roundup finals for northern Minnesota will be held in Detroit Lakes this year. The event, set for this Saturday, April 12, will be hosted by the Speak Easy, located at 1100 North Shore Drive. "I approached them about hosting it this year," said the Speak Easy's owner/manager, Michael Mercil. According to Mercil, the event on Saturday is expected to draw roughly 400 people to the community next weekend.
On Wednesday, March 26, 2008, Hospice of the Red River Valley Chaplain Karin Moberg walked into her office and found a package lying on her desk that contained a special CD. On the disk was recorded just one song.
Singer-songwriter John McAndrew may have found his creative niche in Nashville, but the Minnesota native's heart still belongs to his home state. "I really enjoy Nashville, and being a part of the music scene there," he said Tuesday at the Historic Holmes Theatre, as he was beginning a six-day artist residency in Detroit Lakes.
Emmanuel Community in Detroit Lakes, along with its parent company Ecumen, was voted as one of the region's "best places to work" by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal in 2007. Also last year, Detroit Lakes' SJE Rhombus was named as one of the "50 Best Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America" by the Great Place to Work Institute. So what could make these two organizations even better?
DETROIT LAKES - The Becker County Attorney's Office has seen a lot of changes this past year. When then-County Attorney Joseph Evans was appointed to the Seventh District bench by Gov. Tim Pawlenty last fall, Mike Fritz, the assistant county attorney, was appointed to succeed him. With the prior resignation of another assistant county attorney, Jim Donehower, that left the office with two vacancies to be filled.
Next Saturday, April 5, five candidates will be vying for the title of Becker County Dairy Princess. The coronation will be held at 8 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes American Legion. Prior to the coronation ceremony, each of the five candidates has to undergo a mock radio interview and a personal interview with the judges.
The sap is running, the sugarhouses are busily cooking syrup and pretty soon, the pancakes will be a-flipping. Yes, it's almost time for Vergas's annual Maple Syrup Fest. The community celebration, now in its ninth year, is set to take place this Saturday, April 5. Originally sponsored by the local Maple Syrup Association, the event has grown so much that the Vergas Community Club (VCC) took it over three years ago. "We still work very closely with the Maple Syrup Association (on the festival)," says Melissa Bunkowske, VCC president.
DETROIT LAKES -- In 2005, the Becker County United Way did a comprehensive community assessment that identified mental health care access for children, and for adults, as two of the county's top five greatest needs. Three years later, those needs are gradually being met through a broad-based collaboration between human services and mental health agencies, area schools and health care providers. The most recent piece of the puzzle fell into place recently, when Becker County Human Services learned that its application for a $500,000 Children's Mental Health Crisis Grant had been approved by