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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A government redesign plan recently unveiled by the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) has been a bit controversial even among the association's 87 member counties. The 10-point plan could potentially save the state $945 million over two years -- but officials in Becker County and others in the area have openly expressed concern, even dismay, over certain aspects of the plan. Specifically, they are wondering where the money will come from to fund the parts of the proposal that involve shifting certain state duties into the hands of counties. A proposed 50 percent reduction in the si
Several years ago, Jim and Sharon Sinclair of Detroit Lakes went to see a play at the Old Log Theatre in Excelsior, Minn. The play, a comedy known as "Over the River and Through the Woods," left a lasting impression on them. "I said it was perfect for community theater," said Sharon. "It's light, wholesome, family entertainment." "It's so funny, and yet so touching," said Jim.
Hunger. For most of us, it's a brief sensation, assuaged quickly. But what if you didn't know where your next meal was coming from? What if you had to regularly skip at least one meal a day just to make your food budget stretch from one weekend to the next? It's a growing problem, even in Minnesota.
This winter, there were several first, second and third grade students in the Targeted Services program at Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School who started reading a book about working dogs in class. The subject matter was interesting to the students, so their teachers came up with an idea: Why not give them a little first-hand experience with a real working dog? Lee Ann Buttino, a Title I instructor at LP-A who also works with the Targeted Services after school program, saw something on the Detroit Lakes Library Web site about a program that allows kids to read to a dog. So she approache
In late September 2009, Sunnyside Care Center of Lake Park received a grant of nearly $90,000 to set up a home care services program for older adult residents of Lake Park, Cormorant, Audubon and surrounding areas. For the next few months, the staff set about the business of obtaining a license, developing guidelines and receiving the necessary training to make "Sunnyside at Home" a reality. The last piece of the puzzle fell into place on Jan.
It was about four years ago that a young nurse fresh out of Concordia College made a lasting impression on the staff of St. Mary's Innovis Health (SMIH) in Detroit Lakes. That nurse, Miquette Denie, spent a couple of years working at St.
He may only have been the superintendent of Waubun-Ogema-White Earth Schools for a couple of years, but his colleagues in the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) already think pretty highly of him. Mitch Anderson was named as Administrator of the Year for District 30 of MASA Region VIII. Besides Waubun, District 30 also includes Ada-Borup, Fosston, Twin Valley, Norman County East & West, Mahnomen, Win-E-Mac and Fertile-Beltrami. Anderson, a Frazee native, has been with the Waubun district since 2006.
The Lakes Crisis & Resource Center asked its home community for help -- and the community responded. The organization was able to raise about $24,000 on Giving Hearts Day, Feb. 11, a fund-raising event where Dakota Medical Foundation agreed to match all donations to participating non-profit agencies dollar-for-dollar. Though the final report on the fund-raiser has not yet been completed, the early tally indicates that LCRC doubled the amount it received from the fund-raiser in 2009, according to an LCRC spokesperson. -- Vicki Gerdes
With all the recent talk about the possibility of another spring flood in Fargo-Moorhead, it might be possible to overlook the fact that Becker County could soon be faced with a serious flooding problem all its own. Specifically, Boyer Lake near Lake Park has the potential to overflow its banks and put a portion of Highway 10 underwater. The highway was already raised a few years ago because of the rising waters of Boyer Lake. "It (Boyer Lake) only has to come up inches from where it was last year, and Highway 10 is going to be affected," said Bruce Albright, administrator of the Buffal
When the Minnesota Legislature presents its final bonding bill to Gov. Tim Pawlenty this spring, Becker County could have a vested interest in not one, but two potential capital investment projects currently on the table. The proposal that will be of most interest, according to County Environmental Services Officer Steve Skoog, is funding for the design of a new solid waste transfer station. The design would also incorporate plans for an office building and a materials recovery facility (MRF), Skoog said.