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One advantage to becoming the man in charge of the school building where you've spent virtually your entire teaching career is that you don't have to spend a lot of time getting familiar with the place. Sam Skaaland was a sixth grade instructor at the Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School building in Audubon for 31 years. But on Aug. 1, he moved into the principal's office, taking the reins from the recently retired Rick Hanson. "The transition of coming from the classroom to an administrative position... it's not exactly the same.
When the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats first graced the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre in April 2005, they dazzled the audience with their gravity-defying feats of artistry and athleticism. Though Saturday's return engagement will still contain many of the classic elements that made their first appearance there so memorable, it's essentially an all-new show, according to Bill Fegan, who has served as the troupe's manager for 29 years. "This group is from a different city in China than the one you saw before," he said.
With the preliminary property tax levy for most school districts in Minnesota expected to increase by an average of 12 percent, the 8.7 percent hike approved by the Detroit Lakes School Board on Tuesday didn't seem like such a bitter pill to swallow as it might have been. "The good news is we'll have an increase that's under double digits -- that's a positive," said Richard Lundeen, the district's business manager. And the good news didn't stop there.
If you have a yen to hear some really good choral music, featuring some of the most outstanding compositions of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, then you must check out the Mass Choir Concert at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday, Sept.
A "string of coincidences" is how Rossman Elementary kindergarten instructor Anna Schuld describes the process that led to her first permanent teaching assignment at the same school where she had attended classes as a child. Schuld is the daughter of Rachel Pederson, who herself was a first grade teacher at Rossman for 35 years -- until her retirement last May. "My first day of not teaching at Rossman was her first day of teaching there," Rachel says. Anna had not applied for her mother's first grade teaching position when it became vacant last spring.
In Sucker Creek Preserve, the new Detroit Lakes park, nature is what it's all about.
With the new school year now underway in Detroit Lakes and the surrounding area, things have also started heating up at the Historic Holmes Theatre. The four-year-old entertainment complex officially kicks off its 2006-07 season on Saturday, Sept.
Though the numbers are still tentative, Detroit Lakes School Board members got a little bit of good news at a special "first day of school" meeting Tuesday night: The district's K-12 enrollment is up by 26 students overall, and kindergarten numbers are particularly strong. Education director Lowell Niklaus presented the first-day enrollment figures to the board at the start of Tuesday's meeting. Niklaus noted that kindergarten enrollment as of May 2006 was at 181, while the Sept.
Last year, the United Way of Becker County decided to start a new local tradition by replacing its annual, door-to-door residential fund-raising drive with a "community celebration." The event proved so popular with local residents that they decided to do it again this year. The United Way Community Matters Celebration will take place on Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion. From 4:30-6:30 p.m., the public is invited to come to the Pavilion and enjoy free games, food, live entertainment and door prize drawings.
Though enrollment at the Detroit Lakes campus of Minnesota State Community & Technical College was down slightly when classes began this past Tuesday, administrators felt those numbers would even out by this Wednesday. "As of today, we have 659 students, which is down about 30 students from last year, overall," said Helene Hedlund, interim dean of student and academic services. "Our anticipated enrollment for this year was 670, so we're down a little from what we anticipated, but we're pleased with the enrollment overall," Hedlund said. "We're in the second year of a four-year plan to re