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Just a little over a week after the students and staff at Detroit Lakes Middle School rallied behind their ailing colleague and teacher, Michelle Harris, they learned Monday that the beloved EBD instructor had lost her battle with colon cancer. Since her daughter, Heather, posted the news of Michelle's passing on her Caring Bridge Web site, condolences and messages of sympathy have been coming in from all over the country. "My friend, the Angel, has been called back to reward her for her tireless efforts here on earth," wrote fellow DLMS teacher Bruce Raboin. "I'm not the most religious
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Got a craving for cheesecake? If so, you're in luck. The Becker County Historical Society is hosting a Spring Cheesecake Fundraiser. Stop in at the museum from now until Friday, March 27, to place your order for a delicious cheesecake from Creamy Creations of Callaway. Orders will be available for pickup at the Museum between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., April 7-9. A 9-inch cheesecake will serve 16 people.
For 30 years now, the man in charge at Detroit Lakes Community Education has been Mark Greenig. Starting next month, however, that will change -- when Greenig steps down as its director. "This isn't retirement, it's just a chance to do something different," says Greenig. Not that he hasn't loved his job. "It was a tremendous gig -- the best job in town," he says. "There had to be something there to hold my fascination for 30 years." A native of St.
DETROIT LAKES - For 25 years now, the United Way of Becker County has been making a difference in the lives of hundreds of families and individuals in need. And on Thursday, April 30, the organization will celebrate that milestone in combination with its annual "Celebration of Heroes" awards banquet. Tentatively called "25 Years of Heroes" -- plans for the celebration had not yet been finalized at press time -- the event is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m.
A little over two years ago, Michael Guerriero realized that he was about to be laid off from his job with a major pharmaceutical company. So what did he decide to do? Write a book about the country's 101 greatest parties.
The Detroit Lakes Area Chapter of Let's Go Fishing with Seniors is getting ready to launch its second season -- and the organizers could use a little help. President Dave Hochhalter said that while the first season was an outstanding success, the chapter is in need of support -- in the form of both volunteers and donations -- to continue that momentum. "Every little bit helps," Hochhalter noted.
This past Friday, Feb. 27, the hallways and classrooms of Detroit Lakes Middle School were a veritable sea of purple. It wasn't because the school had changed its official colors, or instituted some weird new dress code: Instead, the students, staff and faculty were wearing purple because it was the favorite color of DLMS teacher Michelle Harris. Friday was designated as "Michelle's Day," to show support for Harris, who was diagnosed with colon cancer on Feb.
Participating in a state honor choir can be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. "There are no guarantees that you will ever have anyone (from your school) chosen," said Detroit Lakes Middle School vocal music director Dorothy Satrom. Hundreds of students from schools across Minnesota send in audition tapes, hoping for a chance to sing with one of the honor choirs at the annual convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) of Minnesota. This year, Satrom had no less than seven students selected for the honor, including four first-timers. Sam Champa, Tory Haglund, Kalley W
Just like many women, personal fitness coaches can struggle with weight and body image issues too. Lifestyle fitness expert Amy Lundberg, founder of Aim For It Fitness Coaching LLC in Detroit Lakes, shares her insights for balancing children, marriage, work and personal health effectively in the new bestselling book, Wake Up Women -- Be Happy, Healthy and Wealthy. Lundberg contributed a chapter to the book called "Self-Care Before Sit-ups." In it, she relates the challenges of being pregnant three times -- "I was pregnant with my fourth child while writing the chapter," Lundberg said -- an