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 was less than four months ago that Port-au-Prince native Miquette Denie was working as a school nurse and part-time biology/anatomy teacher at a small school in Haiti's capital city. In her free time, she was helping 170 Haitian students in grades 1-12 to stay in school and get an education, through the TeacHaiti non-profit organization that she had founded a couple of years earlier. Then, on Jan.
The concept behind the 3/50 Project is deceptively simple: Pick three independently owned stores in your community that you do not want to see fail, and spend $50 a month at those stores. But as uncomplicated and sensible as the concept may be, many people simply don't understand why it's so important, said Mary Beth Gilsdorf, one of three Norby siblings who currently comprise the fifth generation of her family to own and operate Norby's Department Store in Detroit Lakes. In fact, Gilsdorf continued, even her own friends and family members have occasionally talked about doing their back to
This past Monday, Lamplighter Manor in Detroit Lakes had not just one, but two birthday girls among its residents. Oma Grove, 98, and Ruth Knapp, 97, were born one year apart, but on the same day -- March 29. Oma is a relatively new resident at Lamplighter, having moved there from her longtime home in Adrian, Minn., about a year and a half ago. But she has plenty of family in the area, with her oldest daughter, Donna Luneberg, living in rural Detroit Lakes, and second-born daughter, Roberta Hartog, living in Vergas.
The final concept for a new Veterans Memorial Park in Detroit Lakes was unveiled Thursday night at a meeting of the veterans' park planning committee. The concept was presented by City Engineer Jon Pratt of Ulteig Engineering. According to Pratt, the concept is "a hybrid" of three earlier concepts that were discussed by the committee. It is, however, more of an overall plan than a final design, as Pratt pointed out. "This is still at the concept level," he said.
Now that spring is in the air, many people are beginning to wonder when the ice will come off of Big and Little Detroit lakes. Abnormally warm temperatures have brought speculation that it could happen before the end of March -- but according to Richard Hecock, a consultant for the Pelican River Watershed District, a March "ice out" date is relatively rare. Hecock has been tracking "ice out" dates for the PRWD since 1993, but "ice out" data for Big and Little Detroit actually extends back a little farther than that. "We have 117 years of records for ice outs," Hecock said.
The newly created Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority will hold its first official meeting next Wednesday, March 31 in Perham. Officials from Becker, Otter Tail, Todd and Wadena counties signed the joint powers agreement to create the organization earlier this year. The purpose of the agreement was to allow the four counties to take part in the joint ownership and operation of the Perham Resource Recovery Facility (the incinerator plant) as well as other cooperative solid waste management efforts. Besides electing officers and enacting bylaws, the incinerator plant expansion wi
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.