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A new reading program being implemented at Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School this year is helping students who are struggling to keep up with their peers to achieve new levels of fluency and comprehension. Instructors Marge Beaudine and Tiffany Nagel briefed members of the Lake Park-Audubon School Board on the program at their Monday night meeting. "I haven't yet found any student who's done it that didn't like it," Nagel said, adding that all of the stories used in the program are factual -- i.e., centered around real-life events and people. The first time through the story, the compu
The Fifth Annual Holmes Art Show opens Thursday, and continues through Sunday at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center's Holmes Ballroom. "We've expanded the show to four days this year," said organizer Vicky Williams. The Holmes Art Show was created five years ago as a fund-raiser for the DLCCC; all of the participating artists donate a portion of the proceeds from their sales to the center, she continued. The festivities will begin with a special "Cabaret Night" performance by local musician Rick Kratzke on Thursday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the ballroom.
When Audubon-area native Roger Eilertson was asked to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives many years ago, he thought about it "for about 20 seconds," but ultimately said no. "It just wasn't for me," he says, adding that he was uncomfortable with the idea of putting himself and his family in the spotlight. And yet this fall, Eilertson found himself an active participant in the Republican campaign to unseat incumbent District 37A State Rep. Shelly Madore (DFL-Apple Valley). The reason? Madore's Republican challenger was his granddaughter, Tara Mack.
Each year, on Nov. 11, the United States honors its military veterans with a national holiday. Don Thorp, commander of American Legion Post 15 in Detroit Lakes, noted that there are hundreds of thousands of veterans "buried all over the world -- and some who don't have a proper resting place." Much effort has been put forth to locate those veterans and give them a proper burial. But what of those who did not, as Thorp put it, make the "ultimate sacrifice" for god and country? "This nation has a tendency to forget the living veterans," Thorp said.
The jury has reached a verdict in the civil suit filed by a woman who was raped at WE Fest two years ago -- and has found in her favor. The now 23-year-old Stearns County woman filed the suit in December 2007, against Festivals and Concert Events (FACE), Inc., which owns WE Fest, and Security Specialists, Inc. (SSI), which was providing security for the 2006 festival where the rape occurred. In the verdict, the jury awarded $750,000 in damages to the plaintiff, who was referred to in court papers by the initials D.D.N. Co-defendants FACE, Inc.
For almost as long as he can remember, music has been a part of Tim Mahoney's life. "My mom is a musician -- she was a piano bar singer for years, so I kind of grew up with it," he explains. Mahoney, a Minnetonka native who now lives in downtown Minneapolis, will make his Detroit Lakes debut this Saturday, Nov. 15, as the first performer in the Historic Holmes Theatre's new "Edge" music series. The lifelong Minnesota resident first took up the drums in middle school, and followed that by learning to play piano and guitar as well.
Though they're not twins, brothers Mike and John Schouviller of rural Callaway have led remarkably parallel lives. In 1993, they both got married -- and their wives, Linda and Lois, are sisters. That same year, they also started up a dairy operation just a mile down the road from their parents' farm, on property they had purchased together in 1988. Since then, they have continued to live and work together, though their families do reside in separate houses on the 480-acre farm.
In April 2007, the color guards of three Detroit Lakes-area veterans' organizations began cooperating under the joint name of the Lake Region Veterans Color Guard, to provide military honors for deceased military veterans as well as present "the colors" (the American flag) at various ceremonies and celebrations, and march in area parades. But while these veterans now march wearing the Lake Region Color Guard uniform, each member wears the cap of American Legion Post 15, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1676 or Disabled American Veterans Chapter 31, which each continue to maintain their own colo
The professional comedy trio known as "Mama's Night Out" will come to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Friday, Nov. 7, for a one-night-only show at 8 p.m. This trio of women -- Karen Morgan, Nancy Witter and Sherry Davey -- met through their common participation in Nick at Night's first "Search for the Funniest Mom in America." "We were 3 of the top 10 (finalists)," said Davey in a telephone interview.
For the third year in a row, the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center (LCRC) will be hosting its annual Children's Breakfast on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., at the Speak Easy in Detroit Lakes. For the past couple of years, this breakfast has served as "a wake-up call to the community," by focusing on the needs of children who have been physically, sexually or emotionally abused as well as those who have witnessed violence in their homes. And this year, the need is greater than ever.