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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It wasn't too many years ago that northern Minnesota had about 350 logging companies that employed thousands of people. Like many other industries, however, timber sales were hit hard by the recession.
When you ask Effie Kalk what it feels like to be 100 years old, she feigns surprise. "Really? A hundred? That's getting up there," the Detroit Lakes resident joked on Monday afternoon, sitting in her room at Emmanuel Community. Effie celebrated her centennial birthday on Tuesday, March 16, surrounded by friends and fellow Emmanuel residents. Though she was born and raised in Philadelphia -- "I lived at 1620 Porter Street," she says -- Kalk became a resident of the Fargo-Moorhead area at a young age. "I came out here with my dad," she said.
Pheasants Forever had a busy year in 2009, spending more than $34.7 million on programming that included $4.9 million in land acquisitions. Nationwide, the 621 Pheasants Forever chapters, 103 Quail Forever chapters and 125,000 members of "The Habitat Organization" completed over 22,000 wildlife habitat projects last year. Those projects included approximately 8,300 acres of land acquired and then opened to public hunting and recreation as state-managed wildlife areas or federal Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs).
If you or someone you know has ever thought about adoption, now is a great time to check into the possibilities of giving a child a lasting, loving home. Becker County has received an 18-month grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services that will provide support to foster families who will adopt the children placed with them.
Each year, the Detroit Lakes Area College Foundation awards scholarships that make it possible for both full and part-time students at Minnesota State Community & Technical College (M State)-Detroit Lakes to achieve their academic and professional goals. The Foundation also provides funding for M State-DL's equipment and programming needs. But to make all that possible, the Foundation is dependent upon the support of the community.
A little over three weeks ago, a surgical team from St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes embarked on a 10-day medical mission to Haiti. The tiny island nation is still feeling the effects of a devastating earthquake that left its capital, Port-au-Prince, in ruins. So when former St.
March is an all-important month for food banks across the state of Minnesota, including Becker County's own Food Pantry. This is Minnesota Foodshare Month, when food banks receive incentive grants based upon the amount of dollars and food they collect during the course of the month.
How many fourth graders in Becker County know the difference between a combine and a baler?
Unlike many people who receive a state or national award, Mitch Vogt didn't know that he had been nominated for a Minnesota AdvancED Excellence in Education Award. So when he received notification a couple of weeks ago that he had been named as the 2010 recipient of the award, Vogt said he was "very surprised." The superintendent-principal of Circle of Life School in White Earth was honored "for his unparalleled leadership in promoting and advancing excellence in education." Vogt will be formally recognized on April 17 at the 2010 AdvancED Conference in Atlanta, Ga.
For 20 years now, the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center has been providing support and advocacy programs for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and general crime, as well as for families and children. This Friday, March 19, the LCRC will "celebrate the magic of families" by hosting its annual banquet and auction at the Speak Easy in Detroit Lakes, starting with a 5:30 p.m.