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As the executive director of Natural Innovations, Erika Johnson has long been involved with environmental issues on a local level. But recently, the Detroit Lakes resident has been able to reach a more global audience, by filming a series of short documentary pieces for the National Geographic television show "Wild Chronicles." The first segment in that series, "Forest Police," will air locally on PBS Channel 2 tonight (Sunday) at 7 p.m.
DETROIT LAKES -- For the first time in its history, Minnesota State Community & Technical College-Detroit Lakes will soon have its very own honor society. On April 1, the MSCTC-DL chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will hold a joint chartering and induction ceremony, starting at 7 p.m. in the college's main conference room, C-101. Phi Theta Kappa, founded in 1918, is recognized as the official honor society for two-year colleges.
Though six Becker County townships may have opted to move their official elections from March to November this year, 31 others did not. With the exception of Eagle View, Evergreen, Forest, Maple Grove, Round Lake and Savannah townships, all others held their elections this past Tuesday, March 11. The results from those 31 elections have now been canvassed, certified and submitted to the Becker County Auditor's Office. As expected, there were few upsets, with the majority of incumbents being elected to another term in office.
It's not every day that a young woman who grew up in a small town in northwest Minnesota gets an opportunity to spend a year in Belfast, Ireland, as a student at Queens University. And it's even more rare that she would get a full scholarship to do so. But come September, that's exactly what Detroit Lakes native Martha Josephson will be doing. Martha, who is the daughter of Roger and Sharon Josephson of Detroit Lakes, was selected as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar for the 2008-09 academic year.
With names like Too Slim, Ranger Doug, Woody Paul and Joey the CowPolka King, it's not too surprising to discover that the musical quartet known as Riders in the Sky intersperses quite a bit of comedy into their performances. And it's a formula that's worked for more than three decades, according to Doug. "We're entertaining others and keeping alive a great American tradition at the same time," he said in a telephone interview Thursday.
DETROIT LAKES - After a brief closed session Tuesday morning, the Becker County Board of Commissioners approved a pair of union contracts with employees of the Becker County Sheriff's Department. In separate contracts with Minnesota TeamstersPublic and Law Enforcement Employees Union, Local No. 320, sheriff's department deputies and supervisors were each given a 3 percent general wage increase for 2008, and an additional 3 percent raise for 2009.
DETROIT LAKES - Almost seven years ago, the tragedy of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks inspired the United Way of Becker County to find a way to honor the area's emergency workers, law enforcement and firefighters. "We got to talking about how we take for granted the people who are there every day, who make such a difference," said LuAnn Porter, executive director of the United Way of Becker County. "We wanted to have a luncheon for our firefighters, law enforcement and emergency services personnel." So they came up with the idea of having a luncheon in their honor.
Singer-songwriter David Stoddard has traveled "everywhere," performing with or opening for everyone from Leon Redbone and Juice Newton to the Arrogant Worms and Trout Fishing in America (according to his bio). He's recorded five CDs of original music, and is on the verge of releasing his sixth. So how did this Green Bay, Wisconsin native end up living in Fergus Falls, Minnesota? "My wife works here, at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center," he says. "My job (as a full-time musician) is generally pretty mobile, while her jobs tend to be more stationary.
Only 200,000 Americans can claim Feb. 29 as their birth date, according to U.S. Census statistics. But as of this year, five of them can be found in the lakes area. On Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, five babies were born at St. Mary's Regional Health Center in Detroit Lakes. Yes, that's right. Five "Leap Day" babies -- all born in the same year, in the same hospital. "It's an enjoyable coincidence to have five Leap Year babies, but we delivered a record 556 babies last year and expect a record month for deliveries in March," said St. Mary's CEO Tom Thompson.
DETROIT LAKES - As anyone who keeps track of U.S.