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Though the excitement in the air on the last day of school is almost palpable, as both teachers and students anticipate the long summer break ahead, that excitement was tinged with sadness for Rachel Pederson. A teacher at Detroit Lakes Public Schools since 1971 -- with all 35 of those years spent teaching at Rossman Elementary -- Pederson said goodbye to her 35th and final class of first graders on Thursday. "I've been really sad this week, because I love my job," she said Wednesday afternoon.
The students at Adventist Christian School and Koinonia for Kids took their guests on a little journey to the past on Wednesday evening, as they presented their annual learning exhibition, dinner and graduation ceremony. The learning exhibition, which featured both Adventist Christian School students in grades K-8 and Koinonia (home-schooled) students in grades K-12, was focused on the theme, "Springtime in the South." Many of the exhibits featured students in period costumes, acting out the roles of Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Maia Angelou, Clara Barton, Helen Keller
Though the most recent denizen of Elmwood Cemetery was laid beneath the earth in 1959, the resting place of some of Becker County's most prominent pioneers appears well cared for. Nearly 125 years since it was first deeded over to the Elmwood Cemetery Association of Lake Eunice by M.S. Converse, in 1882, its lawns are well manicured, its trees trimmed, gravestones neatly arranged. Yet as late as 1978, the cemetery's 56 gravesites had fallen into a state of neglect.
Summer's almost here, and Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre is planning a whirlwind of activity to keep local kids busy once school is out. Starting June 5, the theater will be hosting a series of acting, dance and piano performance workshops geared toward children in grades K-6. Local arts instructors Kathryn Knuttila and Mari Radke will teach these workshops, titled "The Art of Performance." Knuttila, a Detroit Lakes High School graduate who will be starting college in the fall, already has several years of acting and piano teaching experience behind her. "I've been acting and p
Small Blessings, the new Child Care and Preschool Center at Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church, may not be set to open until May 30, but it already has its first enrollees -- twin brother and sister Reece and Sidney Borgmann. Because the center's director, Daniela Zens, officially started work May 1, she was able to start caring for the twins in advance of the center's official opening -- and she had more than a few helping hands to assist her. "I've had several volunteers come in here over the last few weeks," Zens says.
Since Faith Christian School first opened its doors in 1997, Gary and Karen Stenberg have been a driving force in getting the interdenominational, faith-based school off the ground. Karen had just six kindergartners in her classroom when she started teaching that year. One year later, Gary had come on board as her classroom aide and school administrator.
Award-winning comedian Scott Hansen will return to the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Friday, May 19 -- but this time, he'll be the headliner. "Last time I was there working with Louie Anderson," Hansen said in a Monday telephone interview from his home in Maple Grove, Minn. That appearance consisted of 10-15 minutes, warming up the audience for Anderson.
For the first time in nearly 30 years, Detroit Lakes Public Schools will have a new business manager starting Oct. 1. Ted Heisserer, current business manager of Frazee-Vergas Public Schools, was selected from a field of five finalists interviewed for the position earlier this week. Heisserer's appointment was approved by unanimous vote, pending agreement on contract terms. "I'm honored to be chosen as the School Dist. 22 business manager," said Heis-serer in a telephone interview early this morning.
Dan Holm has worn many hats in his 12 and a half years with Becker County. Emergency management, planning and zoning, environmental services... Holm has served at the helm of all three departments at various times.
A special bond forms when a mother holds her child in her arms for the first time. Kandi Adkins knows that feeling well, despite the fact that her daughter Morganne was adopted. "It was love at first sight," she says, recalling the day she and her husband, B.J., were first introduced to Morganne at an orphanage in Bogota, Colombia, last August. "We couldn't take our eyes off of her," Kandi adds. "When we held her for the first time, it was incredible!" B.J. and Kandi waited for almost a full year after filing the paperwork with Lutheran Social Services in Moorhead.