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For the first time in almost 35 years, you won't find either Henry or Bonnie Hoffman behind the counter at Hoffman's Meat Market in Detroit Lakes. Randy Gravelle, a part-time employee at Hoffman's since 1996, took over the reins of the business last month. Gravelle is a Detroit Lakes native whose parents, Ann and Earl Gravelle, owned and operated Lakes Processing in Detroit Lakes for more than 25 years. "I grew up in the business," he said.
On July 28, the Becker County Board of Commissioners placed a six-month moratorium on the expansion of existing resorts within shoreland districts. That ban was rescinded last week, with the passage of five amendments to the county zoning ordinance. The moratorium was originally implemented to give the county time to review its current zoning policies and establish a more uniform method of ordinance enforcement for all resorts within the county. Though the five amendments approved at Tuesday's meeting were intended to do just that, not everyone was convinced that they would do so. Duri
Military veterans who have served in war zones often face unique challenges when they return home: Post-traumatic stress disorder, marital and family stress, and simply making the adjustment back to civilian life. In rural areas, where vets don't have immediate access to readjustment counseling and other related services, these challenges can be even more overwhelming.
Minneapolis singer-songwriter Keri Noble has been very busy since she made her local debut at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre last spring.
These days, with fewer state and federal funding opportunities available, many local agencies have started looking to each other for help. But for the Becker County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District (BRRWD), cooperation and collaboration have been the name of the game for more than a decade. "It's been 10 years or longer that we've been partnering with the SWCD in trying to implement best management practices (on lands) within Becker County," said Bruce Albright, BRRWD administrator. Their biggest collaborative effort to date has been
Monday night marks the official kickoff of the Christmas season in Detroit Lakes, as Santa's Grand Parade of Lights steps off for another year. The festivities get underway with a community bonfire and refreshments in the Detroit Lakes City Park, starting at 4:30 p.m.
It all started with a message on an Internet forum for fans of the classic sports car known as the Pontiac Fiero. Having recently learned that he had terminal cancer, 18-year-old Tyler Shipman of Frazee posted a plea to anyone who might be able to help him realize a long-held dream. "I have an '86 Fiero GT that I've been slowly fixing up," he wrote on Oct. 29. "Well now here I sit at the hospital with cancer, and they can't treat it, and not knowing how long I'll be here ...
Once the turkey and stuffing have been consumed, football games watched, and "Black Friday" shopping completed for another year, it will be time to "Light Up the Lakes" with a month-long schedule of Christmas celebrations, shopping and entertainment. The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce kicks things off on Monday, Nov. 30, with Santa's Grand Parade of Lights. The festivities get underway with a community bonfire and refreshments in the Detroit Lakes City Park, starting at 4:30 p.m.
For 14 years now, the community of Frazee has officially kicked off the Christmas season on the weekend after Thanksgiving, by hosting its annual Festival of Trees. This year will be no exception, as the annual event opens Friday, Nov. 27, and continues Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28-29, as well as the following weekend, Dec. 4-6.
Though it wasn't by unanimous vote, the Becker County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to develop a contract with Wenck Associates, Inc., for planning and construction of a new solid waste transfer station, office building and possible material recovery facility. Initially, the Maple Plain-based firm would assist the county with the preparation and submission of a Capital Assistance Program grant application to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. According to Environmental Services Administrator Steve Skoog, the CAP grant would be for the construction of a new transfer stat