Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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Though mental health issues are certainly not exclusive to those living and working in rural communities, the barriers to receiving care for those needs are definitely higher for rural residents than their urban counterparts. In "Mental Health: Overlooked and Disregarded in Rural America," published by the Center for Rural Affairs in May 2009, the barriers to mental health services in rural areas were said to "revolve around issues of availability and accessibility." In many rural communities, the study says, such services are simply not available.
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.
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.
In a few short weeks -- the exact date has not yet been determined -- the family of Landon Hochstetler will be bringing him home. It will be the first time the Ogema teenager has been outside of a hospital setting since he was struck by a car while inline skating near his family's home on Sept.
She may not have been a true farmer's daughter, but Amanda Thorsvig says she hopes her children will be. Thorsvig, a senior at the University of Minnesota Crookston, is a Detroit Lakes native whose parents, Clifford Jr. and Sheri Adkins, are the owners of Adkins Equipment. "My family does farm, and I always had animals growing up, but it was all a hobby," she says. She and her husband Tony, who were married this past June, are actively involved in raising their own food, albeit on a small scale. "We live on a small farm west of Detroit Lakes, off Highway 10," Amanda says.
Sunday was a big day at The Refuge Christian Outreach and Resource Center in Detroit Lakes. The family of longtime Detroit Lakes resident Frank Koenig made a very special gift to the nonprofit organization. To be exact, The Refuge is now in possession of a 105.6-acre tract of land off Tower Road, between Richwood Road and Highway 59.
It's been a good year for the communities of Lake Park and Audubon. The bond referendum for construction of the new high school and renovated elementary facilities was approved. Enrollment is up.
It used to be that once an elderly person became unable to be completely self-sufficient, they didn't have the option of remaining in their own home. But many nursing homes and assisted living communities are now bringing home-care services such as housekeeping, medication management, grooming and nutrition into individual homes and apartments, allowing senior residents to continue living in their own homes for an extended period of time. Emmanuel Community in Detroit Lakes offers an ever-expanding variety of these home care services, and on Monday, Feb.
Concerns were raised over highway access to the new Lake Park-Audubon High School site at Monday night's Lake Park City Council meeting. Ultimately, however, it appeared that the concern expressed by council member Aaron Wittnebel was founded on some inaccurate information. Prior to Monday's meeting, Wittnebel had sent out e-mail messages to area media representatives stating that one of the key discussion items would be about the Minnesota Department of Transportation retracting its approval "for the City of Lake Park to pay for and construct a full access from U.S.
Detroit Lakes' 15th annual Polar Fest celebration got off to a rousing start on Saturday.