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The caseload at the Becker County's Veterans Service Office is up -- way up. According to Veterans Service Officer Lauri Brooke, the caseload is up about 30 percent this year -- and it's not just new veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan either. "We're seeing a lot of veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam ... veterans who have never been in our office before," she said.
The 10,000 Lakes Festival held annually at the Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, is a celebration of musical creativity that features a wide range of genres, from blues and jazz to rock and reggae. In its first four years of existence, the 10KLF has attracted fans from more than 40 states, to listen to and enjoy the kind of music rarely heard on commercial radio.
A couple of months after a Becker County committee charged with mapping out a 70-mile trail for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and dirt bikes got bogged down in controversy, the Becker County Board has opted to take a new approach. The board voted Tuesday in favor of a proposal by Natural Resources Management administrator Mark "Chip" Lohmeier to establish a new Comprehensive Off-Highway Vehicle Policy Committee. Lohmeier's proposal for the makeup of the new committee included a membership that was as balanced as possible, with representatives from various organizations and interests includin
"Jesus Christ Superstar," the groundbreaking theatrical masterpiece by legendary writing team Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, is coming to the Fargodome on Wednesday, May 30, for a 7:30 p.m. show. The cast of this production may include some familiar names for some: Internationally beloved star Ted Neeley, best known for his Golden Globe-nominated depiction of Jesus in the Norman Jewison film version of "Jesus Christ Superstar," is reprising his most renowned role for this tour. Also headlining the 2006-07 tour of JCS is Corey Glover as Judas.
Remember that first year of high school? For many, the experience is a confusing one. In fact, surveys have shown less than half of all incoming freshmen have any feeling of connection to their new school. "There is research out there showing that kids are having difficultly transitioning to high school," said Detroit Lakes School Superintendent Lowell Niklaus.
For 36 years -- more than half his life -- Frederick Floan has been teaching students at Rossman Elementary School in Detroit Lakes, day in and day out, September through May. This Thursday, May 24, will be his last day in the classroom -- as a full-time instructor, at least. Floan, a third-generation Detroit Lakes native, is retiring after a teaching and coaching career that spanned three and a half decades, and included more than 950 students and an untold number of young athletes. During his career, Floan has taught fourth grade (12 years), sixth grade (14 years), and most recently, f
For the past five years, the employees of Detroit Lakes Public Schools have enjoyed a group health insurance plan where year-to-year premium increases "beat the trend" for projected increases statewide, according to District Business Manager Ted Heisserer. Not this year.
For the second time in one week, White Earth tribal officials gathered to celebrate an historic occasion Thursday afternoon. Just two days after Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor signed a contract with the U.S.
For Methodist pastors, spending 12 years serving the same congregation and living in the same community is a gift that is accorded to very few. Rev. William F. Meier, who has served as pastor of Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church since June 1995, is aware of just how rare an occurrence it is. "When I was a kid, we would move every 2-3 years," Meier said, referencing the fact that his father was also a Methodist minister. Even now, a pastor's tenure with one congregation averages out to be about four years, he added. "We were fortunate to be here for so long," Meier said.
Blood. It's an essential component of any hospital's operations, because like the air we breathe, it's something no human being can live without. St. Mary's Regional Health Center is not exempted from this need. But unlike many of its counterparts in other communities, the Detroit Lakes hospital gets its blood from local sources -- specifically, its own blood bank. Though the St.