Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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It's not every day that a young woman who grew up in a small town in northwest Minnesota gets an opportunity to spend a year in Belfast, Ireland, as a student at Queens University. And it's even more rare that she would get a full scholarship to do so. But come September, that's exactly what Detroit Lakes native Martha Josephson will be doing. Martha, who is the daughter of Roger and Sharon Josephson of Detroit Lakes, was selected as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar for the 2008-09 academic year.
DETROIT LAKES - After a brief closed session Tuesday morning, the Becker County Board of Commissioners approved a pair of union contracts with employees of the Becker County Sheriff's Department. In separate contracts with Minnesota TeamstersPublic and Law Enforcement Employees Union, Local No. 320, sheriff's department deputies and supervisors were each given a 3 percent general wage increase for 2008, and an additional 3 percent raise for 2009.
DETROIT LAKES - Almost seven years ago, the tragedy of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks inspired the United Way of Becker County to find a way to honor the area's emergency workers, law enforcement and firefighters. "We got to talking about how we take for granted the people who are there every day, who make such a difference," said LuAnn Porter, executive director of the United Way of Becker County. "We wanted to have a luncheon for our firefighters, law enforcement and emergency services personnel." So they came up with the idea of having a luncheon in their honor.
Singer-songwriter David Stoddard has traveled "everywhere," performing with or opening for everyone from Leon Redbone and Juice Newton to the Arrogant Worms and Trout Fishing in America (according to his bio). He's recorded five CDs of original music, and is on the verge of releasing his sixth. So how did this Green Bay, Wisconsin native end up living in Fergus Falls, Minnesota? "My wife works here, at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center," he says. "My job (as a full-time musician) is generally pretty mobile, while her jobs tend to be more stationary.
Only 200,000 Americans can claim Feb. 29 as their birth date, according to U.S. Census statistics. But as of this year, five of them can be found in the lakes area. On Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, five babies were born at St. Mary's Regional Health Center in Detroit Lakes. Yes, that's right. Five "Leap Day" babies -- all born in the same year, in the same hospital. "It's an enjoyable coincidence to have five Leap Year babies, but we delivered a record 556 babies last year and expect a record month for deliveries in March," said St. Mary's CEO Tom Thompson.
DETROIT LAKES - As anyone who keeps track of U.S.
DETROIT LAKES - With the addition to the Becker County Courthouse nearing completion, the County Board approved a bid for the second phase of the courthouse project Tuesday. The second phase, which will include remodeling and updating the heating and cooling system in the existing courthouse building, is slated to begin construction on June 1, said County Administrator Brian Berg. "Phase 1 (which also includes a third-floor prisoner walkway from the county jail to the new addition, where the courtrooms will now be located) is on schedule for completion in May," Berg added. Bob Bristlin &
DETROIT LAKES - The Nintendo Wii has become something of a cultural phenomenon over the past couple of years, bringing the video game into the 21st century by making it more interactive and accessible. At Emmanuel Community, the residents of the nursing home and its adjacent assisted living facility, The Madison, recently acquired a pair of Wii systems for use by residents and staff. The Wii is an especially popular addition for the students of Mrs. Gilson's class at Rossman Elementary School, who come to Emmanuel twice a month to visit with nursing home and Madison residents.
For almost 20 years now, Nancy Lickiss has been caring for the residents of Emmanuel Community, and her enthusiasm and passion for her work continues unchecked. "I get so much more than I give," she said Thursday. "The feeling I get when I walk into a (resident's) room and their face lights up with trust -- I just don't think it gets any better." And the feeling is mutual, according to the staff and residents at Emmanuel. Lickiss was recently honored with a Leadership Award from the Minnesota Health and Housing Alliance (MHHA), at its annual Institute for Older Adult Services.
When Suzie Porter left her native community of Willmar to pursue a degree in elementary education at Concordia College, she had visions of becoming a teacher. But then she heard from a friend about an opening for a program director position at Luther Crest Bible Camp in Alexandria, and decided to apply for the job. Four years later, she learned about another position that was opening, for a director of youth ministries at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Alexandria. "I took the job at Bethesda as an interim position, and I ended up staying three years," she says.