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It may technically be considered a history book, but the recently published Shoreham: Life at the Lakes is more than just a dry compilation of facts and figures from Shoreham's past. The book was unveiled at a July 29 open house held, appropriately enough, at the Hotel Shoreham.
Thanks to cyberspace and MTS Minnesota Connections Academy, hundreds of students from across Minnesota can attend public school without stepping foot outside. MTS Minnesota Connec-tions Academy is a tuition-free, full-time virtual public school program designed to meet the needs of students who -- for a variety of reasons -- learn better outside a traditional classroom. This unique program combines the strong parental involvement of home schooling, the expertise and accountability of public education, and the flexibility of online learning.
Trent Tomlinson has been writing songs since he was a teenager. "I was probably 13 when I wrote my first one," he said. "Everyone told me it was pretty good." Tomlinson, however, admits that in retrospect, "it was terrible." One of the biggest problems with that early songwriting effort, he recalled, is that he was writing about things he didn't know. "It was about drinking and partying," Tomlinson said in a Monday telephone interview.
Do you long to have your own flower and vegetable gardens to tend, but have limited lawn space in which to put them? That was the dilemma faced by Dick Erickson, who lives in a trailer home, on a narrow lot at Oak Grove Trailer Court in rural Detroit Lakes. Erickson, who once lived in rural Vergas, on the property now occupied by Beautiful Leaf Gardens, has loved gardening since he was "a little tot." But since moving from his property in rural Vergas, where he once had "a yard full of flowers," Erickson has been fairly limited in what he could do with so little green space. "There's n
In the throes of a passionate romance, many a woman has found herself abandoning common sense and rushing down the aisle toward matrimony. All too often, such whirlwind marriages end badly. But when the woman is a Christian and the man she marries is Muslim, the consequences of a hasty union may be far more severe than vicious child custody battles and endless squabbling over how to divide up the couple's assets in the divorce settlement. That is the message of W.L.
Did you know that some historians believe the Vikings visited this area of Minnesota, by way of the Great Lakes, in 1362 -- more than a century before Columbus ever sailed the ocean blue? Or that some believe one of this area's earliest pioneer settlements, Tyler Town, lies buried beneath Highway 10 near the Pelican River?
Organically, sustainably, and locally grown: Those are the main criteria that Donna Aase and Pamela Standing use when searching out foods to use as ingredients for the meals they make -- from scratch -- to serve to clients of their new luncheon takeout service, Painted Sisters. As they prepared their first meal for pickup last Wednesday, the Painted Sisters showed that they provide a truly unique dining experience: everything is made from scratch, using foods that are as close to completely natural as it is possible to get.
When the time came for the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club to name its Rotarian of the year for 2006, during a special "changing of the guard" meeting to install its new officers on June 22, Brad Green had no idea that his name was about to be called. "I was totally surprised, humbled," he said, "and quite honored." A native of Detroit Lakes, Green joined the Noon Rotary Club in January 1990. In the years since, he has served on its board of directors and numerous committees, and was elected as its president for 1996-97.
From now through the end of August, visitors to the Historic Holmes Theatre may notice that the display cases on the second floor (leading to the theater entrance) are filled with original artwork. If they look more closely, they'll see that there is a watercolor painting from 11-year-old Dana Langworthy of Detroit Lakes displayed on one shelf, while in another area, there are five pieces by Detroit Lakes High School senior Gwenia Fiskevold, including watercolor paintings as well as pencil and ink drawings. Other displays feature the work of Kitti Kivi-Lex of New York Mills as well as Melv
When the Callaway Elementary School closed its doors on the last day of classes in May 2005, it was a particularly sad moment for the students and staff, because they knew they wouldn't be back in the fall. Callaway Elementary was closed by the Detroit Lakes School District at the end of the 2004-05 school year, but last Sunday, July 9, about 70 of those former students, parents and staff reunited for an afternoon of fun, games and reminiscing at the Callaway Community Center. "It was so much fun to see all the kids again," said Mary Edon, a former teacher's aide at the school who brought